Mulvaney Lies Again: Trump Hasn’t Lowered Drug Prices And Won’t Protect Medicare
April 8, 2019
On the Fox News Sunday, Trump’s Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said that the White House wants to run in 2020 on health care — and based on his Sunday show appearance, it looks like they plan to do that by continuing to lie to the American people.
LIE: “Keep in mind, we don’t get nearly enough attention, I don’t think, for what we’ve done with drug prices.”
REALITY: Drug prices continue to skyrocket, and Trump’s efforts to overturn the ACA would make them increase even more.
Associated Press: “Prices continue to rise. Administration policies announced last year and currently being completed don’t seem to have shifted that trend. Figures on U.S. prescription drug price changes compiled by health data company Elsevier show that from Dec. 20 through Jan. 2, there were 1,179 product price changes. Of those, 30 were price cuts and the remaining 1,149 were price increases, with 328 of them between 9 percent and 10 percent.”
Roll Call: “By backing the wholesale repeal of the 2010 health care law, President Donald Trump could unravel his own plan on prescription drug prices and undermine his messaging on an important issue ahead of the 2020 election: the climbing cost of medicines.”
LIE: “We talk about how we are protecting Medicare.”
REALITY: Trump’s budget would cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare.
Washington Post: “Trump for the first time calls for cutting $845 billion from Medicare, the popular health care program for the elderly that in the past he had largely said he would protect.”
¯\_(ツ)_/¯: “I do think you’ll see a plan here fairly shortly.”
REALITY: The White House does not have a plan, and congressional Republicans don’t want to write one.
Politico: “President Donald Trump promised a new plan to replace Obamacare. But the four Senate Republicans he tapped for the job aren’t jumping at the opportunity.”
CNN: “Unhappy with the President’s decision to plunge the party back into a battle it lost less than two years ago, Republicans said they would await guidance from the White House. Trump, in turn, said he would ask GOP senators to craft a plan — leaving the White House and Congress pointing fingers at each other over who should take the lead in writing health care policy.”