Trump on the ACA: Donald Trump Thinks the Affordable Care Act Is a “Disaster”

In response to Donald Trump calling the Affordable Care Act a “disaster,” DNC Rapid Response Director Alex Floyd released the following statement:

“When Donald Trump calls the Affordable Care Act a ‘disaster,’ here’s what he really means: It’s a disaster that millions of Americans have access to affordable health care. To be clear, ripping away health care access and stripping protections for people with preexisting conditions is wildly unpopular — which Trump should know, considering he already tried and failed to run on that platform in 2020. Trump is out of touch with the American people, and voters will remind him just how much they oppose his MAGA agenda this November.”

WATCH: Donald Trump called the ACA — which is a lifeline for millions of Americans — a disaster. 

Trump: “Obamacare is a disaster. And I said, ‘We’re gonna do something about it.’”

Trump has made his agenda crystal clear: If elected to a second term, he’d try to repeal the ACA.

Daily Beast: “Trump Revives Plan to Dismantle Obamacare if Elected in 2024”

The Hill: “In a Truth Social post, the leading GOP presidential candidate claimed he’s ‘seriously looking at alternatives’ to replace ObamaCare, and that the failure to repeal the health law in 2017 while he was in office was ‘a low point for the Republican Party.’” 

Mediaite: “‘OBAMACARE SUCKS!!!’ Trump Rants About New Plan — Years After He Promised It Was ‘Two Weeks’ Away”

As a reminder, Trump’s deeply unpopular plan could rip away access to health care from millions of Americans, including protections for 100 million people with preexisting conditions.

Washington Post: “But what’s clear is that an effort to ‘terminate’ Obamacare is not something Americans are pining for. Not only were the GOP’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare during Trump’s term historically unpopular, but the law also appears to have gotten more popular since then. … And when politicians talk of ending health insurance for tens of millions of Americans, dropping coverage of preexisting conditions and cutting Obamacare’s Medicaid funding, things get even dicier.”

Washington Post: “More than 21 million people have signed up for health plans through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces, the Biden administration announced Wednesday. The record level of enrollment comes as former president Donald Trump, seeking the GOP nomination, is again vowing to repeal the program if elected.”

Center for American Progress: “According to new estimates from the Center for American Progress, 135 million people under age 65, or about half of nonelderly people, have a preexisting condition that an insurer could use to discriminate against them if they ever sought coverage through the individual market in the absence of ACA protections.”

KFF Poll: “Majorities of Democrats [88%], Republicans [62%], and independents [73%] say it is ‘very important’ to continue each of [the Affordable Care Act’s] protections for people with pre-existing conditions.”

Jon Favreau: “If Trump wins, 40 million people could lose their health care, and insurance companies would get to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. If Biden wins, that…won’t happen.”

As Trump rails against affordable health care on the campaign trail, his MAGA minions are doing his bidding in Congress, reviving attempts to repeal the ACA.

Dana Bash, CNN: “Let’s talk about the 2024 campaign trail. Donald Trump called Obamacare a disaster last night in Iowa after reiterating his calls to repeal it. You of course voted to repeal Obamacare when Trump was president. Do you think that this is a winning issue right now? Would you like to see another vote again? 

Graham: “Yeah. Good question. This is what we tried to do when Trump was president. Let’s block grant the money.” 

Axios: “‘I think Obamacare has been one of the biggest deceptions on the American people,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). ‘I mean just look at your health care premiums.’ But he added he would ‘be interested to hear exactly how’ Trump would approach repeal.”

“Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), who’s in line to run the Finance Committee if the GOP retakes the Senate, said he’s open to plans that were similar to the 2017 repeal and replace bills.”