- Win McNamee
President Donald Trump thinks there is only one person to blame for any problems with the law known as Obamacare: the man after whom the law is informally named.
In an interview with Forbes, Trump pinned any problems with the Affordable Care Act squarely on President Barack Obama’s shoulders. That’s despite the current administration’s actions that analysts say have helped destabilize the law.
When asked by Forbes’ Randall Lane if he should be trying to fix Obamacare to make it better, Trump said he was trying to “keep it afloat, because it’s failing.”
“I mean the insurance companies are fleeing and have fled. They fled before I got here. But with that being said, no, Obamacare is Obama’s fault. It’s nobody else’s fault,” he said.
In the nearly nine months since Trump took office, however, his administration has taken numerous steps that analysts say have undermined any sense of stability for the law’s individual insurance exchanges.
The administration has taken moves like threatening to end cost-sharing reductions payments, denying states waivers to adopt their own measures to fix problems, and cutting funding for Obamacare sign-up programs by tens of millions of dollars.
It’s unclear whether Trump’s pinning of blame on Obama will resonate. According to an August poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health policy think tank, 60% of Americans said they believe Trump and Republicans are responsible for any problems with Obamacare going forward. Just 28% say the responsibility lies with Obama and Democrats.
“Yes. But I’ve always said Obamacare is Obama’s fault,” Trump said. “It’s never going to be our fault.”