Donald Trump attacks the UK’s health service — and Britain hits back

Donald Trump’s habit of testing the US relationship with Britain took a new turn Monday when he attacked the UK’s National Health Service, claiming it is “going broke and not working.”

The US President hit out on Twitter minutes after a segment aired on Fox News that highlighted winter strains on the UK healthcare system. Trump accused Democrats of pushing a similar universal healthcare system for the US.

“The Democrats are pushing for Universal HealthCare while thousands of people are marching in the UK because their U system is going broke and not working. Dems want to greatly raise taxes for really bad and non-personal medical care. No thanks,” Trump wrote.

Trump drew swift condemnation from Britain’s Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has been under fire for the government’s handling of a winter health crisis that prompted a protest march in London at the weekend.

Hunt said he was “proud” of Britain’s universal coverage, which allows patients free healthcare at the point of access.

“I may disagree with claims made on that march but not ONE of them wants to live in a system where 28m people have no cover,” he tweeted, referring to the 28 million people in the US who lack health insurance.

“NHS may have challenges but I’m proud to be from the country that invented universal coverage — where all get care no matter the size of their bank balance.”

Trump, whose relationship with Britain and its Prime Minister Theresa May has been punctuated by Twitter tussles, was also criticized by opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Corbyn took umbrage with Trump’s comments on the purpose of Saturday’s march in support of the NHS. “Wrong. People were marching because we love our NHS and hate what the Tories are doing to it,” Corbyn said, using a colloquialism for the Conservative Party. “Healthcare is a human right.”

It is not the first time Trump has caused anger in the UK with his tweets.

Last month, Trump said he would apologize for retweeting a series of posts by a UK far-right group, saying he didn’t know who they were at the time.

The tweets caused an uproar in late 2017, and sparked a rare rebuke from the British government, with a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May saying Trump was “wrong” to share the videos.

Trump has also been involved in a number of well documented spats with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who has been outspoken in his opposition to the US President being afforded a State Visit.

Last month, Khan said Trump had “got the message” from Londoners after canceling his anticipated working visit to the city.

Any visit to the UK is expected to be met with widespread protests.

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4 thoughts on “Donald Trump attacks the UK’s health service — and Britain hits back

  1. beenthere

    You indicated you collect your information from various sources, but your comments on here are from only one (CNN) source, which is the only national source that seems carried on this Site.
    Back to the insurance and the ACA, from 2004 to about 2013 my insurance costs (my company) rates would go up, somewhere in the neighborhood of 7% to 11% annually. However, when the ACA took effect, 65% the first year. The ACA has not been even remotely close to what were were told (remember – we could only read it after it was passed).
    Our current president is not anywhere near my favorite president nor person for that matter. However, when talking about health care, the problem was his predecessor and the ACA. IF for one second he (Obama) thought is was the best thing for our country why didn’t he and the rest of our (inept) congressman, senators, etc. have to be enrolled for such a fantastic program.
    My plan in 2013 $800 /month(no deductible) now the same plan is $1,900 per month.

    and basically you are saying if you agree with this president, you can’t obviously think for yourself!?

    You can (as you will) spend your days on here criticizing everything this president has done, however at the same time as i have read some of your responses in the past, which has not criticize the previous president. Either you believed everything he said, or you drank the fine “moonshine” for the other side of political spectrum. It is ok to admit that you believed everything is good when a “D” makes a statement , and its wrong when a “R” says it.

    Until our government stands for the constitution and laws already in place they all are full of garbage.

  2. Qualia

    Been, I work for a private company, over 40 years, no union, I’ve paid my insurance from the beginning, my deductible was rising long before the ACA, every year a rise in premiums and deductible BEFORE the ACA. I watch NO television news, my opinions are based on various sources including overseas and the observation of human nature. If I sound like CNN MSNBC without being a viewer and only an occasional reader, then maybe they have something you’re not admitting.
    I’m not sure who claims Britain to have a “free” healthcare system but more of that country is covered than here without additional cost to them. As long as heath care is a for profit capitalistic business the profit will have a higher priority than health and Americans will suffer. The ACA did not work because it’s been sabotaged from the outset.
    “A spokesman for May said that “the prime minister is proud of our NHS, that is free at the point of delivery.”, point of delivery, why is it you ignore complete sentences to focus on a single word? This habit I see of people taking snippets and twisting them completely out of context to bolster or create debate is sad, very very sad. The fact you had to say that is revealing (human nature).

    The real problem from my perspective is a president that behaves as a bully to attract fans and those fans blindly believe him no matter what he says. A president that seems to feel he needs to, no has to be better than anyone and everything yet displays clear character traits that are not indicative or representative of the majority of America or any modern moral codes.

  3. beenthere

    Qualia, trust me i know exactly what the ACA is. The fact that my health insurance costs because of the ACA had more than doubled in years from 2014-2016 caused us drop one great plan for a higher cost deductible plan.
    After reading your comments on here, you seem to be the one caught in the (MSNBC,CNN) commercial. It is obvious to me that you have not had to deal directly with the higher costs of the ACA (Obamacare), that you either work for a government entity or Union which it had little to no effect on. As far as Britain offering Free healthcare, remember nothing is Free, someone is paying for it.

  4. Qualia

    The problem is his zombies will believe every word of what HE says over what the real scoop is and Americans will continue to die due to no health coverage, Trump NEVER looks at how his words hurt and harm people, to him it’s about what his conservative “intelligentsia” who never knew the ACA was ObamaCare want to hear and he keeps feeding the misrepresentation and lies to them, they continue to drink it up like fine moonshine, the more they lap the farther from reality they are lead. Having a consummate liar for President is our burden to bear due to empty heads force fed slogans as if they were promises, they aren’t, they are sound bites designed for those with the lowest intelligence and least ability to think for themselves. If your life is a result of a never ending political commercial you probably need to reassess your life. We all know commercials are skewed towards you buying something and always hype the product that never matches the hype.

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