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A McDonald's Employee Could Easily Afford Donald Trump's Idea of What Health Insurance Is

By Ursula Scully | Politics | July 20, 2017 | Comments ()

By Ursula Scully | Politics | July 20, 2017 |


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I don’t know why, but this hilarious (read: disheartening) story from 2013, wherein McDonald’s created a budget for its employees, recently made the internet rounds again. In the budget, McDonald’s expects its workers to have a second job, spend $0 on heating, and, oh yeah, spend $20 a month for health insurance.

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Not to be outdone, Donald Trump thinks health insurance costs $12 A YEAR:

So pre-existing conditions are a tough deal. Because you are basically saying from the moment the insurance, you’re 21 years old, you start working and you’re paying $12 a year for insurance, and by the time you’re 70, you get a nice plan. Here’s something where you walk up and say, “I want my insurance.” It’s a very tough deal, but it is something that we’re doing a good job of.

This mirrors a quote from Trump last May:

You’re going to have absolute guaranteed coverage. You’re going to have it if you’re a person going in…don’t forget, this was not supposed to be the way insurance works. Insurance is, you’re 20 years old, you just graduated from college, and you start paying $15 a month for the rest of your life and by the time you’re 70, and you really need it, you’re still paying the same amount and that’s really insurance.


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May I just ask, where do I sign up for either a $20 or $12 health insurance plan? I’ll take whichever. I don’t mean to brag, but I can totally spare $8 a month on the more expensive plan. What will that extra eight bucks get me? Or should I save the $8 to pay for heat? If I start now, I can save $32 before December. I’m not sure if Donald Trump or McDonald’s (where is their headquarters again?) is familiar with Chicago, but it gets a little bit cold here in the winter. And the Starks are coming.

Ursula lives in Chicago and likes potatoes very much. You can follow her here.


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