Donald Trump claims Obamacare covers 'very few people’ despite covering 21 million

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President Trump on Monday repeated his false claim that his predecessor’s health care law covers “very few people.” However, the Affordable Care Act covers more than 21 million Americans.

He made the remarks during a White House “listening session” where he railed against the media and its coverage of Obamacare while promising that the Republican alternative will save the American people from it’s supposed shortcomings.

“So the press is making it look so wonderful. So that if we end it, everyone’s going to say, oh remember how great Obamacare used to be? Remember how wonderful it used to be,” he said in a meeting people who said they’ve seen their coverage reduced under the Affordable Care Act. “It was so great; it’s a little bit like President Obama. When he left, people liked him, when he was here people didn’t like him so much.”

"The press is making Obamacare look so good,” he continued. “It covers very few people and it’s imploded.”

This isn’t first time President Trump made the false claim. In February, he repeated the statement at the Conservative Political Action Conference, word for word. "Obamacare covers very few people," he told his crowd of supporters.

In reality, more than 20 million Americans are covered by the two components of Obamacare: expanded Medicaid and subsidized private health insurance.

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