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Why Trump’s '$12 health insurance' matters

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Here's the passage from President Trump's New York Times interview that lit up health care Twitter yesterday:

"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.'"

We really are not trying to give Trump a hard time every time he talks about health care. But here's why this statement matters: