Out on the campaign trail, Donald Trump has been hitting Ted Cruz for saying that Trump loves Obamacare.
Here’s what Cruz actually said (starts at 4:13):
“A vote for Marco Rubio is a vote for amnesty; and a vote for Donald Trump is a vote for Obamacare. If you look at their positions, Marco Rubio right now as a presidential candidate is advocating amnesty, is advocating citizenship for 12 million people here illegally, and Donald Trump right now as a candidate is advocating full on expanding Obamacare to make it socialized medicine. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have the identical position on health care, which is they want to put government in charge of you and your doctor.”
Now, Rubio has taken both sides on amnesty, insisting during the GOP debates that he isn’t for amnesty, but still trying to defend his position in the Gang of 8…and then there’s this:
As for Donald Trump, he has advocated for “repealing and replacing” Obamacare, but replacing it with an even bigger socialized health care program:
This is in keeping with Trump’s modus operandi – unlike Clinton and Sanders, he has neither desire nor obligation to sustain Barack Obama’s legacy, and his over-large ego would never allow him to keep another’s name on his health care program. The words “repeal and replace” are thrown around a lot by Republicans, so Trump knows that he can get some mileage off of them, all while planning to massively expand Obamacare into Trumpcare.
Donald Trump, like Hillary and Bernie, just gives the same excuse that every other Communist and Socialist ever gives: Never mind that it’s failed everywhere it’s ever been tried, we’ll do it right…just trust us.
But Trump’s latest assertion is a real whopper:
“By the way, this guy Ted Cruz, Ted Cruz goes out, You talk about liars, listen to this – he goes out and he says ‘Donald Trump loves Obamacare.’ I’ve been fighting this thing for four or five years. And by the way, if it weren’t for Ted Cruz, he’s the one that got Justice Roberts on to the United States Supreme Court. He pushed him, he approved him, and Justice Roberts approved Obamacare twice when it should’ve been rejected. His vote got it over the top. Ted Cruz did that. Ted Cruz gave us Obamacare. Believe me. And, ya know, what I hate, what I hate is when somebody lies. Every single speech, I think, and a lot of you have heard this, every single speech that I’ve made, I talk about repealing and replacing Obamacare. Here’s a guy gets up in Iowa and he said ‘Donald Trump wants Obamacare.’ You know, it’s a flat-out lie. A flat-out lie.”
Yeah, sure Donald Trump hates it when somebody lies…unless he’s the one telling the lies.
John Roberts was nominated and confirmed to the Supreme Court in 2005.
Ted Cruz was elected to the United States Senate in 2012.
At the time of John Roberts’s nomination, Cruz was working as the Texas Solicitor General, and while, at that time, Cruz spoke out in favor of Justice Roberts’s nomination, so did a lot of other conservatives who had been hoodwinked into believing that Roberts was more of a strict constructionist than he has actually turned out to be.
But regardless of whether Cruz spoke out in favor of Roberts, there is no way that Cruz “got Justice Robert on to the United States Supreme Court.” As Solicitor General for Texas, Ted Cruz had no real power in that decision-making process. The Senate confirms Supreme Court nominees, and Cruz wouldn’t be in the Senate for another seven years after Justice Roberts had been confirmed.
So when Donald Trump say “Ted Cruz gave us Obamacare,” it is obviously a huge, bald-faced lie.
But let’s look at some real facts.
As 60-Minutes interview above demonstrates, Donald Trump’s idea of “repealing and replacing Obamacare.” He means repealing Obamacare, and replacing it with an even bigger version of Obamacare – “Trumpcare,” for lack of a better name. This is in keeping with the Obama administration’s long-term goals for Obamacare – to use the Affordable Care Act as a transitional step to a larger single-payer system:
And that is exactly what Trumpcare would do.
On top of that, you also have to consider the fact that Donald Trump was actively donating to Democrats’ political campaigns both before and after the passage of Obamacare. He’ll fight it when it’s politically advantageous for him to fight it – like, say, when he’s getting ready to run for President, but you won’t hear him mention anything about the material support he gave to the Democrat politicians who voted it into law.
So in a very material way, Donald Trump actually helped to get Obamacare passed, through his support of the politicians that voted for it. So everything that Donald Trump has said with regard to Obamacare and Ted Cruz is “a flat-out lie.”