As a presidential candidate four years ago, Donald Trump not only railed against the Affordable Care Act; he also made bold promises about the magnificence of his alternative plan. The Republican’s alternative to “Obamacare” would offer everything Americans they could dream of, including better coverage at a lower price. All voters had to do was elect him.
In reality, of course, Trump didn’t know and didn’t care about how to deliver on these promises. He was peddling post-policy nonsense, counting on the electorate to not know the difference.
As a president, when it came time to follow through, Trump was lost without a map, amazed to discover the complexities of an issue he never he even tried to understand. The Republican endorsed plans that did the opposite of what he told voters he’d do, and when it came time to engage in actual negotiations, Trump struggled to keep up —