I would like everyone to take a deep breath. That means everyone, including the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and even our friends at TPM, who think this one single time, Donald Trump isn't lying through his tiny little teeth.
He goes to the Wall Street Journal and tells them that no, no, he'll keep the popular parts of the ACA. Pre-existing conditions won't be back, kids can stay on until 26, no lifetime limits, Medicaid expansion in states remains.
And that's where it stops. No individual mandate, no minimum benefits.
Listen very carefully to what they're saying and you hear this under all the noise: No subsidies.
And without subsidies, it's not affordable.
It's as simple as that. It is not affordable for anyone without the subsidies. And without the mandate, it gets less affordable. And as it gets less affordable, it is exactly the same as if they'd repealed the entire thing.
So please, let's not have a bunch of cheers rise up about the idea of Trump being "open to keeping parts of Obamacare."
He lies about literally everything. Everything. This is just another one of those lies to keep the 20 million people who benefit from it quiet.
Do not let them normalize him. Please.