But, being Trump, the GOP presidential nominee could not help but to personally attack Clinton, stepping on his own message that Obamacare has been a “disaster.”
The real estate mogul has proposed replacing the law with a few preferred conservative policies ― like removing the tax deduction for employer-sponsored insurance ― that would not guarantee universal care.
“President Bill Clinton came out and told the truth about Obamacare,” Trump said at a campaign event in Prescott Valley, Arizona, on Tuesday. “He’s absolutely trashed President Obama’s signature legislation.”
“Can you imagine what he went through after making that statement?” Trump continued. “He went through hell.”
Then Trump overstepped, bringing up Bill Clinton’s marital infidelities.
“But you know honestly there have been many nights when he’s gone through hell with Hillary,” Trump said.
The hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” which aired the clip Wednesday morning, groaned in disappointment.
“You didn’t need that part,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said.
Of course, even if Trump had landed the attack without a distracting comment about the Clintons’ personal life, his comments were inaccurate.
The Huffington Post’s Jeffrey Young explained:
Bill Clinton accurately described the status quo as one where people who get health coverage from government programs like Medicare and Medicaid, and people who are eligible for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, are well-covered ― but where people who earn too much for financial assistance can face high premiums ...
Hillary Clinton’s campaign proposals would help close the remaining gap and make health insurance more affordable for people who don’t currently qualify for financial help, Bill said Monday.
“Hillary believes we should simply let people who are above the line for getting these subsidies have access to affordable entry into the Medicare and Medicaid programs. They’ll all be covered,” he said.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.