Friday, May 5, 2017

Trump praises Australia’s universal health-care system: ‘You have better health care than we do’


NEW YORK — Seconds after praising his party's efforts to pass a new health-care bill that estimates said would leave millions uninsured, President Trump praised Australia's government-funded universal heath-care system. “We have a failing health care — I shouldn't say this to our great gentleman and my friend from Australia, because you have better health care than we do,” a tuxedo-clad Trump said at a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Manhattan on Thursday. Australia has a government-funded health-care system, called Medicare, that exists alongside private insurance. The system is funded in part by taxes, including on the wealthy. The comments came hours after Republicans in the House narrowly approved legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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