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Donald Trump on Obamacare

Claim:   Donald Trump issued a pithy criticism of Obamacare.

INCORRECTLY ATTRIBUTED

Example:   [Collected via e-mail, July 2012]

I recently read an article on facebook attributed to Donald Trump about Obamacare. Here it is:

Let me get this straight...
We're going to be "gifted" with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don't, which purportedly covers at least ten million more people, without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress who didn't read it but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a Dumbo President who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, for which we'll be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government who has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a Surgeon General who is obese, and financed by a country that is broke!!!!

 

Origins:   In the wake of a June 2012 Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of health care reform legislation commonly known as Obamacare, the above-quoted criticism of that legislation began circulating on the Internet, attributed to business magnate Donald Trump. However, that criticism didn't originate with any public statement made by Donald Trump: it's an anonymous bit of political humor that has been posted and reposted many times in blogs and social media since at least as far back as March 2010.

Last updated:   2 July 2012

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