Donald Trump claimed during Thursday's Republican debate that he never said that government should pay for everybody to be covered by healthcare, but that's exactly what he said in a "60 Minutes" interview last fall.
During the debate, Sen. Ted Cruz asked Trump a direct question: "Donald, true or false, you've said the government should pay for everyone's healthcare?"
Trump responded, "That's false."
Just for good measure, Cruz followed up, asking, "You've never said that?"
Trump responded, "No, I said it worked in a couple of countries…"
But Trump was lying — and there's video to prove it.
On "60 Minutes" last September, the following exchange ensued (bold emphasis is mine):
Scott Pelley: What's your plan for Obamacare?
Donald Trump: Obamacare's going to be repealed and replaced. Obamacare is a disaster if you look at what's going on with premiums where they're up 45, 50, 55 percent.
Scott Pelley: How do you fix it?
Donald Trump: There's many different ways, by the way. Everybody's got to be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say because a lot of times they say, "No, no, the lower 25 percent that can't afford private." But—
Scott Pelley: Universal healthcare?
Donald Trump: I am going to take care of everybody. I don't care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody's going to be taken care of much better than they're taken care of now.
Scott Pelley: The uninsured person is going to be taken care of how?
Donald Trump: They're going to be taken care of. I would make a deal with existing hospitals to take care of people. And, you know what, if this is probably—
Scott Pelley: Make a deal? Who pays for it?
Donald Trump: —the government's gonna pay for it.