President Trump Praises Australia’s Universal Healthcare System


May 05, 2017

President Trump arrived at his meeting with Prime Minister Turnbull more than three hours late, after Trump lingered in Washington to celebrate the House’s passage of healthcare legislation. At a joint appearance, Trump praised Australia’s healthcare system.

President Donald Trump: “We have a failing healthcare—I shouldn’t say this to our great gentleman and my friend from Australia, because you have better healthcare than we do.”

Australia has “universal healthcare,” with a government-run healthcare system known as Medicare, which is funded in part by a tax on wealthy Australians.

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