Looks Like Trump Thinks Health Insurance Costs $12 A Month Because Of A Fox News Commercial

Donald Trump says a lot of stupid sh*t. A ton. A sh*tton, even. Most of the time, it’s impossible to figure out where he gets some of his dumbsh*t ideas — but data scientist Christopher Long has found the source of at least one of The Donald’s insane ideas.

In the middle of The Donald’s convoluted, panicky, stupid, and about a billion other similar descriptors, New York Times interview, The Donald claimed that people could buy health insurance for $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 confused journalists, political pundits, average Americans, dogs, geese, and pieces of cheese that have developed the capacity for sentient thought — but it seems that he got this stupid idea where he gets most of his stupid ideas: Fox News.

“Why does Trump think health insurance costs $12/year? Because Gerber advertises life insurance for babies on Fox News for about that price,” Long tweeted on Saturday.

“That’s right, Trump’s understanding of health insurance is so non-existent that he doesn’t even know it’s not the same as life insurance,” he continued. “Human life means so little to Trump he can’t even be bothered to spend seconds to understand critical things on the crudest, simplest level.”

“You’d think even the laziest, most self-centered person, when elected to such an office, would at least try to understand these things,” he added.

It seems that Long hit the nail on the head. The plan actually costs around $52 a year, but Trump often misstates numbers and information he gets from watching Fox News. The commercial notes that the plan “builds cash value over time that you can borrow from later” — something that Trump would call a “nice plan.”

This, of course, builds on speculation by the Washington Post’s Philip Bump that Trump confused life and health insurance — and he was only off by a single digit, which is more accurate than Trump normally is.

Is this theory perfect? No — but the numbers are closer than anything else that would give Trump that notion and he often tweets misinformation he snags from Fox in real time.

Whether or not Long is correct, the fact remains that Trump doesn’t care enough to even develop a basic understanding of how insurance works. He just wants to eliminate it for our nation’s most vulnerable because our last President was black.

Watch the commercial below:

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