‘The President Said He Wants Everyone Covered’: Stephanopoulos Faces Off With OMB Director Mick Mulvaney on AHCA


ABC’s George Stephanopoulos faced off with OMB Director Mick Mulvaney this morning over the American Health Care Act and whether some of what it promises goes against pledges President Trump made on the campaign trail, like when Trump tweeted he wants “no cuts” to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Mulvaney pointed to Obamacare’s serious problems they’re trying to fix, saying people can “afford to have a little plastic piece of paper that says they have an insurance policy, but they can’t afford to go to the doctor.”

He told Stephanopoulos that governors “have begged for more control over how our Medicaid dollars got spent… so they get more efficiency and more ability to serve their people.”

Stephanopoulos asked if the White House will reject a CBO analysis that shows how costs would go up and fewer people will be covered. Mulvaney said the CBO isn’t always completely accurate and added, “Sometimes we ask them to do stuff they’re not capable of doing, and estimating the impact of a bill of this size probably isn’t the…best use of their time.”

They also addressed criticisms of the AHCA from the Republicans and groups like the AARP before they had this exchange:

STEPHANOPOULOS: The tax credit is going to be worth less than the subsidies and insurance companies are going to be free, under your bill, to charge older Americans more.

MULVANEY: And you’re falling into the exact same trap I talked about at the opening of this segment. You’re worried about giving people coverage, and it’s almost as if––

STEPHANOPOULOS: The president said he wanted everyone covered, sir. The president said that.

MULVANEY: He wants everybody to get care. And that’s what we are doing.

STEPHANOPOULOS: That’s not what he said. The president said he wants everyone covered.

MULVANEY: What people want is to get care. People want––when they get sick, they want to be able to afford to go to the doctor, and that’s where Obamacare has failed them several times over. That is the problem that we are fixing. So if you’re watching this program, when you get sick, you can afford to go to the doctor. Because right now on Obamacare you can’t.

Watch above, via ABC.

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