So much for Trump's promise everyone would have terrific insurance

So much for Trump's promise everyone would have terrific insurance

LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 31: Supporter James Hughes of Louisville, Ky. holds a sign calling for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act during a rally for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at Brandeis Machinery & Supply Company on October 31, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. With less than a week remaining until election day McConnell maintains a slight edge over Democratic challenger Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in recent polls. (Photo by Luke Sharrett/Getty Images)
 
 

So much for popular vote loser Donald Trump's worries that taking health insurance away from people with Republicans' Obamacare "replacement" plan would make him too unpopular. Clearly, he's able to ignore the fact that he's the most unpopular new president the nation has ever had, and he's going to use it. So what had been a guarantee, just weeks ago, that he would have "insurance for everybody" in an Obamacare replacement plan, that's been dialed back to "access" to health care.

WASHINGTON ― White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to assure Americans on Sunday that anyone currently covered under the Affordable Care Act would not lose their coverage under President Donald Trump's health care plan.

Sanders repeatedly dodged the question on ABC's "This Week," saying Trump had promised to repeal Obamacare and replace it "with something that's better."

Host George Stephanopoulos pressed Sanders on why, if Trump was so intent on replacing the law with something better, the White House couldn't guarantee that everyone currently with insurance wouldn't lose it. Sanders said it was "a goal" to make sure people didn't lose coverage, but she stopped short of saying people would be able to keep their current insurance, or would even be offered similar plans.

When Stephanopoulos pressed again whether that meant Trump wouldn't sign a replacement bill that would cause people to lose coverage, Sanders said she wouldn't "speak specifically for the president on that topic."

Because, of course, the only way for Trump to guarantee no one loses coverage is for Obamacare to continue. Or to replace with with a single payer plan. People are going to lose insurance—and healthcare—if Republicans continue on their reckless course of repeal.