Trump’s FL Visit: Slams Socialism In Medicine, Calls Dems ‘Crazy’

Trump calls U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” again

| Oct 3, 2019

| Orlando Sentinal, The Villages – President Trump said he would protect the federal government’s Medicare program from “socialism” and praised Gov. Ron DeSantis’ prescription drug importation law during his visit to The Villages on Thursday.

But at his first large event before a friendly crowd since Congress began impeachment hearings last week, he couldn’t resist attacking his political opponents, despite the event being billed as non-political.

Trump said of Democrats”

“These people on the other side, these people are crazy, by the way. They want to take it away, give you lousy health care. As long as I’m president, no one will lay a hand on your Medicare benefits.”

At the invitation-only speech at the 1,000-seat Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, he railed against what he called “radical” Democrats and their ongoing impeachment hearings, called U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” again and joked about serving another 16 years.

The president was in Florida to sign an executive order titled “Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors,” a different title than the one it was given a few days ago, “Protecting Medicare from Socialist Destruction.”

The order expands the Medicare Advantage program, the private-sector version of Medicare.

In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday, Seema Verma, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator, cited figures showing that on average, Medicare Advantage premiums in 2020 are expected to decline 23 percent from 2018 — the lowest in the past 13 years.

The order also served as a way for Trump to criticize Medicare for All plans being proposed by Democratic presidential candidates including U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders. I-Vermont, a self-described Democratic Socialist, and Warren.

Those plans, while not quite based on how the actual Medicare system currently works despite its name, would replace private coverage with a national system … Read more.