Trump: Unlike Cruz, ‘I Have a Heart,’ I’ll Enact Universal Health Coverage

by Tom S. Elliott

In an interview this morning on This Week, Donald Trump cited his desire to “help people” as the reason he favors government-funded universal health coverage. Unlike Ted Cruz, Trump said, “I have a heart.”

“If somebody has no money and they’re lying in the middle of the street and they’re dying, I’m going to take care of that person,” Trump said.

Host George Stephanopoulos asked Trump “how do you do it?” And Trump explained his plan thusly: 

We’re going to work with our hospitals. We’re going to work with our doctors. We’ve got to do something. You can’t have a — a small percentage of our economy, because they’re down and out, have absolutely no protection so they end up dying from, you know, what you could have a simple procedure or even a pill. You can’t do that.

We’ll work something out. That doesn’t mean single payer. And I mean, maybe he’s got no heart. And if this means I lose an election, that’s fine, because, frankly, we have to take care of the people in our country. We can’t let them die on the sidewalks of New York or the sidewalks of Iowa or anywhere else.

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