Using the situation to disparage Democratic support for implementing a universal healthcare system in the U.S., Trump insisted that British citizens are protesting because they do not like the system, rather than the true reason that they want the system better funded and to operate more efficiently.
Curiously, Trump opted to criticize the healthcare system of a country whose people have longer life expectancy than Americans.
The President claimed that a demonstration on Saturday, where thousands marched on Downing Street calling on the Government to give the NHS the funding it needs, was an argument against the US adopting a similar system.
He said on Twitter that the push by Democrats would “greatly raise taxes” for worse outcomes and more impersonal care.
The rebuttals were swift:
"I may disagree with claims made on that march but not ONE of them wants to live in a system where 28m people have no cover. 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." -- Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt
Labour Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders said that a universal, publicly funded NHS ”remains the most cost effective and efficient mode of health care provision – a fact the President would probably consider ‘fake news’”.
What surely is not fake news is the fact that the British have longer life expectancy than Americans. According to 2017 estimates ranked by the CIA, the U.K. comes in at number 35 with 80.80 years, and the U.S. ranking is number 43 at 80.00 years.
Life expectancy at birth compares the average number of years to be lived by a group of people born in the same year, if mortality at each age remains constant in the future. Life expectancy at birth is also a measure of overall quality of life in a country and summarizes the mortality at all ages.