Donald Trump: We Need A Health Care System Like What Canada Has

Donald Trump may be running as a supposed conservative now, but ten years ago he was sounding a lot like Barack Obama:

For a few months, Trump hashed out a policy agenda. It wasn’t much, but it was enough to fill a quickie book: The America We Deserve, published in January 2000. The Trump of 11 years ago sounds a lot like the Trump who has taken over cable TV and the Huffington Post top banner these past few weeks: He’s against immigration amnesty. He’s worried about terrorism. He’s rending his hair over America’s economic decline. Oh, and there were a few other things.

“We must have universal healthcare,” wrote Trump. “I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on this one. We should not hear so many stories of families ruined by healthcare expenses.”

The goal of health care reform, wrote Trump, should be a system that looks a lot like Canada. “Doctors might be paid less than they are now, as is the case in Canada, but they would be able to treat more patients because of the reduction in their paperwork,” he writes.

The Canadian plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans. There are fewer medical lawsuits, less loss of labor to sickness, and lower costs to companies paying for the medical care of their employees. If the program were in place in Massachusetts in 1999 it would have reduced administrative costs by $2.5 million. We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing.

Trump also didn’t think much of Republicans back then:

The year was 1999. stock was trading at $11 per share. Nobody was all that interested in Bill Clinton’s birth certificate. More important, the Republican Party’s nomination looked ungettable, sure to be captured by George W. Bush. So Trump left the party.

“I really believe the Republicans are just too crazy, right?” he told Tim Russert on Meet the Press. “I mean, just what’s going on is just nuts.”

You’re being played, Republicans. It’s really rather obvious, and the extent to which you’re pandering to this guy makes you the kind of sucker that would make P.T. Barnum giddy with delight.


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Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. john personna says:

    Hey, maybe Republicans will decide they own the Canadian plan.

  2. legion says:

    Hey, all it would take is Obama coming out & saying “Canadian health care sucks! We’ll never do something like _that_.”
    I guarantee socialized medicine would become the next GOP platform plank, and quotes would surface showing how the Founding Fathers demanded it for Amurricans…

  3. Marvin Marks says:

    Honestly we should try to keep this stuff off the internet until this clown wins the GOP nomination…. and then let him have it!

  4. Yet another disillusioned pawn says:

    What? You don’t think Trump’s GOP primary opponents would be able to find and read this stuff…oh, never mind.