Popular vote loser Donald Trump has a new conspiracy theory, first trotted out last week, that President Obama sabotaged his own law, Obamacare, on purpose in order to have it collapse under the next president. Why exactly, when no one suspected that new president would be Trump, isn't clear, but that's his story and he's continuing to stick with it so that he can make himself and fellow Republicans look like heroes for "fixing" it.
Republicans "are putting themselves in a very bad position" by repealing Obamacare, President Donald Trump said Monday.
"The Republicans, frankly, are putting themselves in a very bad position—I tell this to Tom Price all the time—by repealing Obamacare," the president said Monday morning during a listening session on health care with so-called "victims" of Obamacare. "Because people aren't gonna see the truly devastating effects of Obamacare. They're not gonna see the devastation. In '17 and '18 and '19, it'll be gone by then. Whether we do it or not, it'll be imploded off the map." […]
"The press is making Obamacare look so good all of a sudden," Trump said. "They're showing these reports about this one gets so much and this one gets so much. First of all, it covers very few people, and it's imploding. And '17 will be the worst year. And I said it once; I'll say it again: because Obama's gone."
Here's what he said last week: "That's the year  it was meant to explode, because Obama won't be here. That's when it was supposed to be, get even worse. As bad as it is now, it'll get even worse." Why, exactly, Trump has not made clear. Maybe it's because that's how he himself would design something with his name on it?
Booby-trap it for the next guy? Probably best that we don't understand how his brain got to that conclusion, but anyway, here we are.
Oh, and the "victims" he included in his meeting? Huffington Post's Sam Stein was there to report on them. One of the people complaining that Obamacare didn't help her "says she refused government assistance for her health care plan which, yes, would make it harder." And this guy:
xDallas News Bureau Chief Todd Gillman identifies him: He's Texas RNC committeeman Dr. Robin Armstrong.
Texas doctor at Trump event bemoans that Medicaid expansion hasn't done what Obama claimed it would.
Texas didn't expand Medicaid.
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) March 13, 2017