Donald Trump slammed Obamacare over his employees' struggles with healthcare, but mucked up his message by suggesting he doesn't provide them with health insurance, Politico reports.
"And I can say all of my employees are having a tremendous problem with Obamacare. You folks, this is another group. Is that a correct statement?" Trump said to the crowd on Tuesday at his golf resort in Miami. "You look at what they're going through with their healthcare is horrible because of Obamacare. So we'll repeal it and replace it. But this is about jobs. And we have thousands of employees in Florida."
However, just moments later Trump seemingly contradicted himself by saying his employees don't need Obamacare because his company provides healthcare coverage.
"These are just amazing people," Trump said. "This is what jobs do. Jobs just make lives and they make people and they make families and they're not worried about their healthcare because we take great care of people."
"The most important thing are the employees, and we have many, many employees," Trump continued. "We have over a thousand employees, well over a thousand employees at Doral. Eighty percent of them are Hispanic, right?" he said before turning to the crowd behind him, who cheered. "We have 80 percent Hispanic. People don't know these things. And they are. They have done a fantastic job."
While Trump walked away from the event, he replied to a shouted question about whether his employees used Obamacare plans, saying, "Some of them, but most of them no."
David Feder, general manager of Trump National Doral Miami resort, then attempted to clarify Trump's comments for reporters, saying "very few" employees require policies through Obamacare because "95 percent" are provided healthcare, making up a large portion of operating costs.
"There really isn't a need for the vast majority of our employees to purchase Obamacare," Feder said, according to The Wall Street Journal.
When asked if Trump was wrong to say his employees were struggling with Obamacare, Feder added, "I wouldn't say he's incorrect, I would tell you that the only employees that I know — again I don't have the books in front of me — that may purchase Obamacare are typically part-timers."
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