Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) slammed House Republicans' healthcare proposal on Saturday, predicting that President Trump "will step in and fix it."
Palin started off her interview with Breitbart News dubbing the bill "RINO-care" — RINO standing for "Republican in name only" — and saying it still had aspects of "socialism" about it.
"Remember this is government-controlled healthcare, the system that requires enrollment in an unaffordable, unsustainable, unwanted, unconstitutional continuation of government-run medicine, and even in this new quasi-reformed proposal, there is still an aspect of socialism," said Palin, a Trump ally. "That’s the whole premise here."
While the plan removes ObamaCare's individual mandate that fines those who go without insurance, Palin specifically criticized the GOP proposal for allowing insurers to charge a 30 percent penalty if there are gaps in someone's coverage.
“This 30 percent additional fee will be collected by some in the private sector, which will mean politicians are allowed again to pick the winners and losers, and it makes you wonder who’s lobbying hardest for aspects of this new bill, because obviously there are special interests involved," Palin said.
“It would be really helpful if every single one of these politicians would do like the NASCAR drivers do — and it’s been said before — but let them wear their sponsors plastered all over their three-piece suits when they show up so we know what side they’re on and who they’re actually doing their bidding for," she added.
Republicans unveiled two measures Monday evening to dismantle the core aspects of ObamaCare, including its subsidies to help people buy coverage, its expansion of Medicaid, its taxes and its mandates for people to have insurance.
The GOP plan restructures the Medicaid program by capping federal payments and replacing it with a new system centered on a tax credit to help people buy insurance.
The tax credit under the GOP plan ranges from $2,000 to $4,000 a year per individual, increasing with someone’s age. Under that system, low-income and older people would receive less financial assistance than under ObamaCare, while younger people and those with somewhat higher incomes would receive more financial assistance.
Palin said she didn't entirely disagree with all aspects of the plan and said she wanted to work on changing the proposed bills, suggesting that Trump may be the person to do that.
"He will step in and fix it," Palin said. "I have great faith that President Trump is one who will fulfill campaign promises."
"I’m sure that President Trump is going to do the right thing and listen to all sides, of course, but understand, especially that as a businessman, he’s going to understand whether this makes sense in his vision of how to grow businesses and how to get government off our back and back on our side."