It’s Throwback Thursday, and a three-year-old tweet from Donald Trump has resurfaced and is spreading quickly. But not for the reasons you think.
Before he was President of the United States and was just your average, garden-variety, pussy-grabbing game show host, Donald Trump took a jab at the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in a tweet sent on Thursday, January 9, 2014:
It’s Thursday. How many people have lost their healthcare today?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2014
While at the time, the tweet was meant to be a dig at former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform legislation, it has now quite ironically become a very timely tweet for Thursday, March 23, 2017, as it is the same day that the House of Representatives may very well pass Trump’s proposed American Health Care Act (Trumpcare). Should Trumpcare pass and become law, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that 24 million people will lose their health insurance.
Others on Twitter noted that Trump’s 2014 tweet was incredibly on-point, given his administration’s aggressive push to pass his healthcare bill:
@realDonaldTrump you should timestamp your tweets so people don't get confused. 😉
— Ian Livingston (@islivingston) March 23, 2017
@realDonaldTrump oh man this hasn't aged well
— abdul ???? (@Advil) March 23, 2017
@SauvignonRick This is kind of amazingly accurate even 3 years later. ????????
— Veronica (@JustMeSillyV) March 23, 2017
While Trump’s 2014 tweet is incredibly timely for his own administration, it was, at the time, demonstrably false in reference to Obamacare. As a result of Obamacare’s full implementation, more than 20 million previously uninsured Americans had health insurance. In the most recent open enrollment period for Obamacare, over 6 million people signed up for health insurance.
Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook.