Despite Trump often crying “fake news,” he’s repeatedly asserted that Obamacare has met its fate — it hasn’t
It’s become increasingly apparent that conservatives continue to divorce themselves from objective reality, as a new poll shows that a near majority of Republicans believe President Donald Trump successfully repealed the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
With all the recent talk of how fake news is generated, one formula continues to rein successful: The president repeatedly asserts something as the truth, even though it’s not, and his followers quickly buy into it without any question. According to a new poll by The Economist and YouGov, 44 percent of registered Republicans believe Trump has fulfilled his promise to repeal Obamacare.
Trump has even misled the public and tried to market the tax plan as legislation that brings an end to Obamacare.
Based on the fact that the very unfair and unpopular Individual Mandate has been terminated as part of our Tax Cut Bill, which essentially Repeals (over time) ObamaCare, the Democrats & Republicans will eventually come together and develop a great new HealthCare plan!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2017
He also claimed last week that the tax plan “essentially” repeals the nation’s health care law.
“When the individual mandate is being repealed, that means Obamacare is being repealed,” Trump said during a Cabinet meeting. “We have essentially repealed Obamacare, and we will come up with something much better.”
But as much as Republicans would like to believe that the Obama-era achievement is no longer the law of the land, that simply isn’t the truth.