Donald Trump is shocked — shocked, people — to find out that health care reform policy is complicated and can’t be achieved by just barking an order to a subordinate. But he mistakenly thinks that nobody knew what he didn’t know.
Trump on Monday theorized that polls show the program’s approval rating climbing not because people like it, but because they know Republicans will soon repeal it. He did not offer more of an explanation for the claim.
“People hate it, but now they see that the end is coming, and they’re saying, ‘Oh, maybe we love it,’” Trump said. “There’s nothing to love. It’s a disaster, folks.”
He also seemed to express surprise at the complexity of the reform process. “I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” Trump said. “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”
Now, if he had surrounded himself with policy wonks with legislative experience who understood how the system works and then listened to those people, he could have minimized that problem. But no, he surrounded himself with people like Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon, who also have zero experience in public policy other than bellowing from the sidelines. That’s a recipe for disaster.