Theresa May defends universal health system after Trump attacks

Theresa May defends universal health system after Trump attacks

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday defended her country's National Health Service following comments from President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE

“The prime minister is proud of our NHS, that is free at the point of delivery," a spokesman for May told The Washington Post. 

The spokesman noted that funding for the universal health-care system is at a "record high" and was prioritized in the budget with an extra 2.8 billion pounds.


He also noted that a recent Commonwealth Fund international survey rated the country's system the best in the world for a second time. 

Trump early Monday morning tweeted that "thousands of people are marching in the UK because their [universal] system is going broke and not working." 

"Dems want to greatly raise taxes for really bad and non-personal medical care. No thanks!"

Britain's health system provides free health care at the point of delivery. The march Trump referred to was organized by groups that wanted to increase funding for the program, not dismantle it. 

British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt also responded to Trump's comments Monday, saying "not one" of the marchers wants to live in a system where 28 million people have no health coverage. 

“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,” he added.