White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who has been under a firestorm as architect of Trump’s budget proposal, weighed in on the House GOP healthcare legislation, claiming that there is only one way to have universal healthcare.
“The only way to get truly universal care is to throw people in jail if they don’t have it,” the fiscal conservative said on CBS’s ‘Face the Nation,’ adding “And we are not going to do that.”
Mulvaney’s remarks appear contrary to the healthcare systems of numerous advanced economies around the globe, such as the United Kingdom and Canada, among many others.
The comments are particularly relevant to a promise that President Trump repeatedly made both before and after being elected president. In January, for example, Trump said that any plan that he would support to replace Obamacare would include having “insurance for everybody.”
“There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it,” Trump said during an interview with the Washington Post. “That’s not going to happen with us.”
At that time, he claimed that his healthcare proposal was all but finished with “lower numbers, and much lower deductibles” for all.
“It’s very much formulated down to the final strokes. We haven’t put it in quite yet but we’re going to be doing it soon,” Trump said at the time. As it turns out, the plan currently being considered by Congress is one drafted by the House GOP, led by Speaker Paul Ryan, though the White House has taken some ownership from time to time while doing its best to keep a safe distance, hedging its bets in case the legislation ultimately fails.
Mulvaney, on Sunday, attempted to focus attention on what he claimed that the GOP healthcare place is attempting to replace. “What you’ve got now is we’re forcing people to buy it under Obamacare under penalty of law, and people are still looking for a way not to buy it,” he said.
“So clearly, the government mandate doesn’t work. The better process, the better function is exactly what we’re trying to do now, which is to encourage people and enable them to buy a policy they want and can afford.”