John Dingell Tweets a First-Person History of Health Care Reform

Disagrees with Trump’s ‘nobody knew health care reform was so complicated’ line

Former Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., was one of the leading voices on health care reform. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Dean of the House of Representatives John Dingell took to his and President Donald Trump’s favorite medium — Twitter — to tell the story of health care reform and what will happen if the 2010 health care law is repealed.


Dingell started his tweetstorm by paraphrasing Trump, who was derided when he told a gathering of governors earlier this month that “nobody knew health care could be so complicated” before telling the story of how his father, former Rep. John Dingell Sr., proposed the first attempt to increase health care coverage for Americans in the 1940s.

Dingell said his father “would never get to see universal health care become law” as he died at age 55. The younger Dingell ran for his father’s seat to continue his work.

Dingell noted that his goal of universal health care was still incomplete. He continued to introduce his father’s bill every year and saw aspects of health care like establishing the National Institutes of Health and children’s health insurance programs.

Dingell tweeted that the goal was to bring “certainty to an uncertain experience,” since no one hopes to need to use insurance, “But if you do, it needs be damn good.”

He also admitted that the 2010 law was not perfect but was a good start.

Dingell then turned his attention to the Republican repeal bill, which is itself facing numerous troubles.

The 90-year-old Dingell, who is the longest-serving member of Congress, also made a joke about his age before signing off.

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