President Donald Trump published an op-ed in USA Today on Wednesday that attempted to rip apart Democrats’ “Medicare for All” plan. However, many of Trump’s statements were proved false or misleading by multiple news outlets.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) tore apart Trump’s op-ed with red marks and cited Associated Press fact check, New York Times fact check, The Washington Post, ABC News, and Kaiser Family Foundation.
“I took a look at your op-ed, @realDonaldTrump,” Schumer wrote on Twitter. “It needs some work. All of the false and misleading words in the world can’t cover up how your administration and Republicans in Congress are forcing millions of Americans to pay more for health care.”
I took a look at your op-ed, @realDonaldTrump. It needs some work.
All of the false and misleading words in the world can’t cover up how your administration and Republicans in Congress are forcing millions of Americans to pay more for health care. pic.twitter.com/SjFjonVBef
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) October 10, 2018
As Vox first reported, the USA Today article actually fact-checks itself. In some of Trump’s sentences, the editors linked to articles that disprove his own claims.
While many were frustrated that USA Today published the article, the news organization stood by its decision.
[USA Today opinion] provides a forum for a diversity of views on issues of national relevance. We see ourselves as America’s conversation center, presenting our readers with voices from the right, left and middle.
President Trump’s op-ed was treated like other column submissions; we check factual assertions while allowing authors wide leeway to express their opinions.
Readers are invited to submit opposing viewpoints and provide additional context, some of which will be published in the days ahead.
Schumer wasn’t the only lawmaker to let Trump’s claims go unsaid. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is proposing the Senate Medicare for All plan, called the president out.
“Donald Trump, who has a very difficult time telling the truth about anything, is lying about Medicare for All,” Sanders tweeted Wednesday. “Our proposal wouldn’t cut benefits for seniors. In fact, we expand benefits, eliminate deductibles and copays and lower the cost of prescription drugs.”