President Trump Leads Cabinet and CEO Forum Discussion on Economic Growth…

Earlier today President Trump lead a discussion forum at the State Department library with cabinet members and corporate CEO’s to discuss ongoing economic policy and hear about the challenges.

One of the main challenges communicated by the business group was… wait for it.., yep, ObamaCare.  This concern is directly connected to any tax reform plans, and cuts to the heart of President Trump’s earlier economic strategy.

ObamaCare is, at the core, a massive tax program; and it becomes more difficult to navigate tax reform, with the anchor of ObamaCare dragging down opportunity for economic growth and the revenue growth that accompanies expansion.

[Transcript] 10:55 A.M. EDT – THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all for being here.  Very much appreciate it.  I want to thank Steve Schwarzman for putting together this very incredible group of world-class business leaders.  That’s what you are.

Also, joining us are Secretary Betsy DeVos, Secretary Wilbur Ross, Secretary Elaine Chao, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, and my budget director, Mick Mulvaney.  That’s an easy job.  Where’s Mick?  (Laughter.)  Such an easy job.  It’s the easiest job of anybody in the government — right, Mick?

At the top of our agenda is the creation of great high-paying jobs for American workers.  And we’ve made a lot of process.  You see what’s going on; you see the numbers.  We’ve created over 600,000 jobs already in a very short period of time, and it’s going to really start catching on now, because some of the things that we’ve done are big league and they are catching on.

Already, we’ve created more than almost 600,000 jobs.  And yesterday, Toyota just announced that it will invest more than $1.3 billion — it’s probably going to be $1.9 billion — into its Georgetown, Kentucky plant, an investment that would not have been made if we didn’t win the election.

We have a lot of work to do.  In the last two decades, our nation has lost a third of its manufacturing jobs, and our business tax is one of the highest in the world.  It actually is, of developed countries, the single highest tax anywhere in the world.

For too long, we’ve punished production in America and rewarded companies for leaving our country.  And we’re going to reverse that.  We would reward companies, give them incentives to leave.  NAFTA is a disaster.  It’s been a disaster from the day it was devised.  And we’re going to have some very pleasant surprises for you on NAFTA, that I can tell you.

My administration has already taken historic action to unleash job creation.  We’ve signed dozens of bills and executive actions to reduce federal overreach and expand domestic production.

On the environment, we’re going to be very, very careful on the environment.  It’s very important to me and the administration.  But we’ve allowed a lot of companies to go back to work.  They were being restricted; their jobs were being restricted.  We’ve unleashed a lot of companies, especially right now in the energy sector — you see what’s going on there.  It was impossible for people to do what they had to do, and now they can do it.  It’s all done.

We’re also working to modernize our economy and harness the full potential of women in the workforce, which is crucial to our economic success.  Economic confidence is sweeping the nation.  You saw the new survey that came out.  It’s at 93 — which is the highest it’s ever been — 93 percent of manufacturers are optimistic about the future.  It was a 27 percent increase over two months ago when it was also high because of the administration, and much higher than it’s ever been — 93 percent.  Highest it’s ever been.

This is just the beginning.  We’re going to reduce taxes.  We’re going to eliminate wasteful regulations, which we’ve already done — probably 25 percent.  You can take a look at Dodd-Frank.  For the bankers in the room, they’ll be very happy because we’re really doing a major streamlining and, perhaps, elimination, and replacing it with something else.  But that will be the minimum.  But we’re doing a major elimination of the horrendous Dodd-Frank regulations, keeping some obviously, but getting rid of many.

And we’re going to put many millions of people back to work.  The banks will be able to lend again.  So many people come to see me, I see them all the time — small businesses — they’re unable to borrow from banks.  They never had a problem five, six, seven, ten years ago.  They had great bankers.  They had great relationships.  Now they can’t borrow.  And we’re going to let the banks loan them money, and they can build their businesses.

So with your help and insights, we will use the private sector innovation to drive job creation and reform government.  A lot of reform.  We have a computer system in this country that’s 40 years old.  So when you hear we’re hacked and we’re this, that — we’re like easy targets.  And one of the things we’re doing, in fact — we’re working with a very, very wonderful woman from IBM, and others — and others, okay?  (Laughter.)  Many others.  It’s like when I said to Lockheed, I like the F-35 fighter jet, but then I said, but I also like the Boeing F-18.  Okay?  (Laughter.)  So I love your computers, but we’re also looking at others, all right?

But we are.  We’re going to have a massive program to modernize our equipment — ideally get brand-new equipment.  The cost of maintaining our computers is a number that is so high that it’s not even a believable number.  Now, I’ve heard anywhere — is this possible? — from $39 billion to $89 billion a year.  Is that even possible?  That’s for keeping our computers updated and running.  And I think we can buy a whole new system for less money than that, wouldn’t you say?  I mean, I hope so.  We’ll give you $10 billion right now — modernize it.  (Laughter.)

So I want to thank everybody for being here.  I know most of you.  You really are the top.  And I want to thank my friend, Jack Welch, for being with us too.  I’ve known Jack so long.  We did deals together, right?  Trump International — a big success — and the other one on Park Avenue.  We had great success together with your real estate group who are terrific people.  Dale Fry and everybody — right?  Terrific.  And John.  So I just want to thank you.  You’ve been a special guy for a long time.

And we’ll get down to business.  Maybe before the media leaves, we can go around the room, and we’ll just introduce.  We all know Steve, and I want to thank you, Steve, for putting the group together.

MR. SCHWARZMAN:  Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Would you like to say something while all those cameras are running?

MR. SCHWARZMAN:  I think we should say that we’ve had a really interesting day so far.  What we did is we divided into five groups, meeting with each of the five Secretaries that the President mentioned.  It’s an open discussion.  The Secretaries presented what they were trying to achieve, and we had several people from the forum meeting with them and making comments on what they were doing to hopefully make their jobs better.

We’ve been looking at trade, education and workforce development, energy and the environment, regulatory reform, and infrastructure.  All these things are really important, and we’re focused.  The people in the administration are also focused.  And working together, hopefully we’ll have a bunch of really good outcomes.

THE PRESIDENT:  We will.

MR. LESSER:  Rich Lesser, Boston Consulting Group.

MR. COSGROVE:  Toby Cosgrove, Cleveland Clinic.

MS. ROMETTY:  Ginni Rometty, IBM.

MS. BARRA:  Mary Barra, General Motors.

MR. ATKINS:  Paul Atkins, Patomak Global Partners.

MR. YERGIN:  Dan Yergin, IHS Markit.

MR. PRUITT:  Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator.

MR. FINK:  Larry Fink, BlackRock.

MR. WARSH:  Kevin Warsh, Stanford University.

MR. WEINBERGER:  Mark Weinberger, EY.

MR. MCNERNEY:  Jim McNerney, Ex, Boeing.

MR. MCMILLION:  Doug McMillon, Walmart.

MS. NOOYI:  Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo.

MR. ROSE:  Matt Rose, BNSF.

MR. HOWARD:  Philip Howard, (inaudible).

MR. OGUNLESI:  Bayo Ogunlesi, Global Infrastructure Partners.

THE PRESIDENT:  Okay.  Thank you very much.  Thank you very much.  Thank you. [media excused]

END – 11:02 A.M. EDT

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88 Responses to President Trump Leads Cabinet and CEO Forum Discussion on Economic Growth…

  1. sundance says:

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    • WeThePeople2016 says:

      Yes, Obamacare has to go. I have heard some pundits on FBN say that ship has sailed and why do we have to go back to trying to repeal/replace it (e.g., Cavuto). Then they go into the tax cuts are more important, blah, blah, blah.

      Excuse me? We The People want Obamacare gone, that’s why. That is one of Trump’s biggest campaign promises. The callousness of some of these pundits is just astounding. They do not care about the plight of the American people.

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      • ALEX says:

        Cavuto is one of the 97.2% of people on FOX that I ignore with a passion…and yes it needs to be done and soon….

        Liked by 13 people

      • graciegram says:

        You’re right. Cavuto, Varney and Dobbs have been especially harsh on the fact that Trump didn’t do tax reform before Obamacare repeal/replace. This after I’ve seen them all told over and over that it’s necessary to repeal Obamacare before tax reform. Sigh.

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      • SharonKinDC says:

        Perhaps big biz which usually does NOT have employees on Ocare don’t feel that Ocare reform is of great interest. However, those savings are key to a better tax plan. Part of the problem is Ocare is being propped up (illegally, thx Zero) w/ Fannie/Freddie bond interest payments which are being withheld from bond holders and being swept into the Treasury. Trump COULD simply stop the scam and then BOOM, Ocare dies. However, it would be hugely disruptive to those who depend upon it. What a MESS!

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      • Sam says:

        And tax cuts are important but we can’t get there with the monster that is Obamacare. I finished my itemized 1040 last week and there was a form of Obamacare questions in it. I could see Obamacare throughout the medical costs part. That insane law is making medical costs skyrocket.

        So, there will be no significant tax cut plan without a repeal of Ocare. And Ryancare is not a viable replacement. Our congresscritters thought they didn’t need a replacement and so there isn’t one. The incompetence, self-serving doubletalk and corruption are astounding.

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      • tellthetruth2016 says:

        I can’t stand Cavuto …. He would Love to be a Lou Dobbs or Maria Bartilomo …

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    • BobBoxBody says:

      I know you and I disagree on this, but I still say that Trump’s got a plan for dealing with Obummercare. After what Trump has done with Syria, I don’t think anybody is going to question his ability to think on his feet, or plan things out in advance.

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  2. Tonawanda says:

    Some day a lot of folks are going to surprise themselves by saying “This guy makes sense.”

    Liked by 14 people

  3. Jim says:

    Can anyone explain why the law just can’t be repealed? Can’t we go back to the way it was, and craft a new law? Why must we maintain the agony until a new law can be completed. That seems so clear to me.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      To answer your question why that has not already been done…..the Uniparty and their donors WANT Obiecare. (it’s one of the items on the communist manifesto.)

      I’d like to do what Rand Paul suggested….(paraphrasing) Why don’t we repeal in it’s entirety Obamacare, and try FREEDOM instead.

      Let the free market, do it’s thing. Health insurance is a product, I used to buy to help me pay any potential catastrophic health expenses.

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      • ALEX says:

        After golf with Trump senator Paul said he’s fine with 90% or such now…They don’t have the votes to repeal Only and it’s good they realize it now…Get it cleaned up the best they can and write a new bill with sixty votes in 2018….It’s not a matter for debate anymore…

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        • Poco Nomo says:

          And also, I read so many complaints that Ryan kept his cards so close to his chest, that it was almost Pelosi-like. “You’ll know when the smoke clears.”
          Maybe it should be a deal where they all give input and vote on various facets, and THEN get together and start hashing it out, and then voting/tweaking/voting/tweaking.

          And why shouldn’t it ALL be on camera. That way, all the politicians will know that however they act now, it’ll all be hangin’ out there when ’18 & ’20 come, false claims will damn ya.

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          • tellthetruth2016 says:

            Because Lyin Ryan doesn’t want transparency …. He doesn’t want the American people to see that he is the person trying to Stop it then they will see who’s bought and paid for him like big pharmaceuticals and CoC ….. Makes me think that District 1 in WISCONSIN is willfully blind to this POS …….

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        • JoAnn Leichliter says:

          True enough. Repeal only–which would be ok if given a chance–could never get through the dopey 60 vote Senate.

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    • mw says:

      You can look up Sundance’s prior posts on this topic. It’s like if you have a house, you can’t just wish it away, you have to deconstruct it.

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      • Neural says:

        Funny thing that. If the “we have to pass it to find out what’s in it” law had including the establishment of Christianity as a state religion, and required prayer in schools, it would have been repealed within 24 hours.

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        • Bureaucrats have no problems implementing laws that the rest of us have to immediately adapt to and comply with, even when the laws are not yet clearly articulated. When the situation is reversed, we are told it is impossible.

          Keep your pitchforks handy.

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    • QuestGirl says:

      Jim: Because they claim that those who never had health insurance before ObamaCare will die immediately. Oh, the horror!

      Or, why can’t they focus only on those without, and leave the rest of us and our health care alone.

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      • JoAnn Leichliter says:

        That is what should have been done originally, but instead the Democrat Socialist Party destroyed a system that worked for the overwhelming majority in order to “rescue” a small minority. This is the way these people work–hold a big enough pity party for a tiny minority and force everyone else to change. Rather turns representative government on its head.

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    • CathyMAGA says:

      One of the things I can think of right from the get-go, you might have people on it, using the coverage for ongoing treatments- like surgeries or something, and if you just end it, they would be left without anything. There would have to be a phase out/phase in period. I don’t know all the ins/outs, but that has crossed my mind a few times…

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    • Albertus Magnus says:

      1 main reason:

      Everyone pay attention.

      President Trump does NOT support repeal only. He has always said that NOT ONLY does he only support a REPEAL AND REPLACE but that he will VETO a REPEAL ONLY bill.

      He never said anything besides that throughout the entire campaign.

      Once people get that through their heads, maybe people will start to apply some pressure on the REPEAL ONLY Cruzbots and Paulbots to STOP screwing up the repeal.

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      • Marc says:

        Exactly. Saw a Club for Growth ad on Fox earlier where those RATs attempt to tie their position of repeal only to Pres. Trump’s position of Repeal AND Replace. They always deceive whenever possible. I get ticked off whenever Rand Paul just says repeal Obamacare and never mentions replacement. He’s so tied to Koch Bros. money and his own stubbornness that he won’t compromise.

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    • SharonKinDC says:

      Unless McConnell ends the 60 vote requirement, it cannot be directly repealed. If he went w/ a majority vote, then the tide would go out and expose the R’s who wouldn’t vote for full repeal…and imo, it might fail to obtain a majority vote.

      W/ the 60 vote rule, it allows BOTH parties to hide their real agenda.

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    • Marc says:

      Simply put, and as Sundance has said AD NASEUM, you try to get something a Republican proposes through this Senate with 60 votes. Even a defunding bill(which is what they passed all those time under Obama) needs 51 votes and that can’t even get through due to Neocons like Collins, Murkowski, and McCain who won’t vote for it.

      Reality is, a repeal alone isn’t what most of the country wants. It’s only what the conservative base wants. Most of the country, left and right combined, want new legislation or fixes to existing legislation but the Uniparty wants things to say the same.

      The law can be fully repealed when all 52 Republican senators and 8 Democrat senators vote to repeal it. Just wait for it…

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    • Old Codger says:

      Because of the way they draft these statutes: They intertwine them with cross references and incorporations by reference to other marginally-related laws. Then they pile on with regulations which actually fill in the framework of often vague phrasing contained in the legislation itself, while piling on more incorporations by reference to other regulations! What starts out as a “mere” 2,000 page law, soon blossoms into ten times that amount of pages of laws and regulations.

      To repeal anything of that size and nature, means you have to backtrack to cover all unforeseen issues created by the incorporation by reference and cross referencing.
      I know. I’ve drafted legislation for a State legislature!.

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  4. FL_Guy says:

    President Trump is a real dynamo! I feel that we hear only a fraction of the work he does every day. He also works on the weekends. Just President Trump’s work schedule and ethic alone would strike terror into the hearts of Congress and the Senate. MAGA, 20 hours a day!

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    • Tegan says:

      It’s pretty amazing, when you think about it. I get the daily WH schedule with all the meetings, but there also has to be time for him to read and catch up on briefings and think ahead. Where he finds the time and energy is astounding…and yet the media snarks about his 16 ‘visits” to golf clubs. Note they don’t mention that not all those “visits” were to play golf, and many were business-related.

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      • xyzlatin says:

        I make no excuses about Pres Trump’s golf. I support Pres Trump’s golf activity because of the problem of burnout. Every person on this earth needs some down time from work. I also supported Pres Obama’s golf for the same reason. However Pres Trump does it in a morning off, whereas Pres Obama seemed to take the whole weekend. Maybe Trump needs less time to unwind than Obama did. I did not agree with Obama policies, but people should separate that from the man needing a break, and a wife and kids. Same applies to Pres Trump.

        What I see is a nation demanding that their President work himself into the grave or else. Golf is the symbolism of that selfishness and short sightedness. The Republicans castigated Obama for it, now the Dems are eagle eyed castigating Trump in return. This is sheer stupidity and I don’t know who started it, but it should stop.

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        • SpanglishKC says:

          I could give a flip what the democrats thinks about his Excellency’s golfing…but it just grates on me when the Fake News Media shills for the Dems…Oh wait both groups are the same coin…nevermind

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        • tellthetruth2016 says:

          WHO says TRUMP plays golf in the morning on his days off ??? Oh wait , the MSM….. I haven’t heard of TRUMP taking non- working mornings to play golf ……. I must not have been listening to those dang Media people …….

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        • LoveofUSA says:

          President Trump is still working for free.

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        • Old Codger says:

          TRUMP takes breaks from actual work. What did Obama take breaks from? We know he did very little work, except when Valerie Jarret ordered him to. Maybe he needed breaks form Moochelle/Michael??? Those trannies can be demanding!

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  5. BigMamaTEA says:

    Wow. I think I’ll go have a “cry of relief”. I feel like I can breath a little bit again!!!

    Liked by 8 people

  6. snaggletooths says:

    I don’t think anyone works harder then President Trump meeting after meeting trying to bring all sides together listening to all Ideas, not sure why he is having all these meetings when its Ivanka who is running the White House /sarc.

    MAGA

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    • bamachick18 says:

      That is driving the press nuts, never remember hearing one word about Hillary when the Perv was in office. Hell, she ran the WH, he was messing around all the time.

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  7. rashamon says:

    Our president brings to the table decades of contacts, and contacts of contacts, who appreciate the fine details of economic success. They fully understand the complexity of a government grown too large and complex to work under any circumstances, much less one trying to merge the needs of diverse cultures driven by assorted moralities and politicos.

    I’m certain this number of people have not met under to define the needs of a gracious government EVAH! Not to mention, within the first three months of a presidency.

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  8. stats guy says:

    What is so entertaining to me is how dwarfish Little Barry has become in comparison to Trump. I always sensed that Barry was a figure-head…and the leftist grunt work was done in the bowels of the Hive. Kerry vs. Tillerson? Ash Carter vs. Mattis? And remember Seven Chu? Barry.bots always think they are the Best and the Brightest.

    The head spins thinking how unreal the last 8 years have been. And with the usual no-nothings in the Punditry telling us what They think…or what they Heard someone else Thinks. Just gossip. And then the other night I see George Will on MSNBC. Gossip mongers and snipes.

    Anyway I’m reminded of Reagan…the PATCO thing. Trump is trying to rescue this county from the insanity, the celebrity, of the last 8 years…and, yes, maybe the incompetence of the last 30 years.

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  9. Paco Loco says:

    Ryan has to go. He and the RINOs are blocking the Trump agenda which is characterized by create millions of good jobs and reduce the federal government footprint. Now it’s “lead, follow or get out of the way”. Washington DC is indeed a swamp and the PTB don’t want the status quo to change. How Trump over comes this malaise will be historic if he can.

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  10. aqua says:

    I love how our President brings together all these successful leaders from across the country, bursting the Washington bubble before one can even get started in this admin. But these meetings also give the Cabinet heads some critically important connections as they form their new policies and eliminate useless regulations.

    Wouldn’t you love to hear what their full days were like today? I would!

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  11. Niagara Frontier says:

    Do you think these CEOs were asked to put the squeeze on congressmen to get some of this accomplished? Somebody needs to come down on hard on Congress and fast. These CEOs have the money and power to do it. God knows Congress doesn’t respond to voters.

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  12. justfactsplz says:

    Justice Roberts did not do our country any favors regarding Obamacare calling it a tax. There won’t be economic growth that President Trump plans without addressing health care. Obamacare is killing business, especially small business.

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    • the5thranchhand says:

      Just thinking,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,if obamacare is a tax, as Justice Roberts stated, why can’t it simply be repealed, done away with completely, and NOT REPLACED, as with any other insidious, un-necessary tax? This is a serious question, for anyone with a serious answer.

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      • justfactsplz says:

        That’s what I would like to know. I think it’s because the GOPe and the demoncrats want to keep Obamacare because their lobbyists who buy them want to keep Obamacare. There is no interest in Congress in health care reform except for maybe a few people.

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        • LoveofUSA says:

          That’s been my thinking, too, after seeing the inaction/stalling of Congress in the last few weeks. Congress pretends BOCare is relevant and goes about acting like it’s important. Congress are actors. Fake Congress–

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      • SharonKinDC says:

        B/C for the smaller biz, there are no good options for healthcare. They can’t access a big enough pool to negotiate good rates. Additionally, even w/ States controlling insurers, competition is cut way down, which exacerbates the problem. Ocare is a huge problem, but the insurance regulatory issues are also a big problem and wouldn’t be addressed w/ a full repeal of Ocare.

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      • SpanglishKC says:

        Ya’ll are dense ( and I mean this respectfully) Hehe. So now you can’t be angry with me.

        Read Albertus Magnus’ comments at 9:32PM. He’s (?) been saying this for months and apparently needs to be repeated mutltiple times each thread that has a healthcare discussion. More importantly SD has addressed this very same thing. Maybe its just the newbies to CTH who are stuck on st_ _ _ _???

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      • For me, that’s a good question. And it is similar to one of my favorite questions about O-Care, which is why was it not made clear that hardly anyone in America was denied medical care,and that the real reason O-Care was brought in was to make sure that all people had COVERAGE BY INSURANCE of some sort. The use of the pity card was disgusting, considering the long lines of illegal aliens and their unruly kids in so many of our emergnecy rooms all hours of every day.

        Also, the drastic reduction in the illegal population that is happening already, and hopefully will continue to zero, will alleviate much of the health care congestion that helped to make O-Care seem so necessary, at least in the minds of crooked politicians and gullible voters.

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  13. SoCal Patriot says:

    Pretty funny that the Pepsi CEO was there…maybe they took time to watch the Jenner commercial that was trashed by BLM loons.

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  14. WeThePeople2016 says:

    Put all of these Congress men and women AND their staff on Obamacare, stat! That will put the fire under their butt to get going on getting rid of this disastrous bill!

    Liked by 7 people

    • Neural says:

      This is the obvious solution. If congress and their co-workers were required to live under the same set of laws as the average American Citizen, things would change very fast.

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    • Sam says:

      They aren’t the ones who write the bills. That work is done by lobbyist staff, consultants who are supposed to be subject matter experts (remember Jonathan Gruber?), and academics. Ocare goes into excessive datail. That’s why it takes 4 or 5 reams of paper to print one copy.

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  15. FL_Guy says:

    I’m really impressed at how President Trump is meeting with all sorts of groups and collecting data on how to MAGA. President Trump does so much work, we only hear a small fraction of what he is doing for We the People. He is working 20 hours a day to MAGA and even on weekends. Only such a genius and incredible work ethic, possessed by President Trump, can repair the damage done to the USA over many decades.

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  16. WestportCT says:

    Keep wondering when our side will decide to abandon supermajority rules in Senate and pass comprehensive and well designed legislation without the craziness of having to navigate reconciliation… seems to me once Dems get both houses and POTUS they’ll go nuclear anyway, so what do we really have to lose?

    Solid programs for Repeal & Replace, Infrastructure and Tax cuts/reform would go a long way to securing DJT’s hold on White House for eight years…a lot of really good things could be done. Supermajority rules assumes bi-partisanship is possible, that ship’s sailed long ago..

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    • Why bother retaining the senate if it’s reduced to requiring a simple 51% majority? At that point the senate isn’t much different than congress, we may as well fold the senate into congress & refer to Washington DC as New Rome.

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      • SharonKinDC says:

        The Senate never had a 60 vote rule at the origins of our nation. Senate added that in later.

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        • I don’t like democracies where representatives of the majority cast their vote based upon their chances of being re elected. That’ll devolve into a mob of impoverished voting for a state provided living.
          Majority rule wouldn’t be so bad if only taxpayers voted or we had a flat tax system so that everybody paid taxes. At least with a flat tax system all voters would have some skin in the game & less likely to elect the McCains & Pelosis that are crushing the country with yuge national debt.

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        • IOW I don’t want my grandchildren to inherit a US that’s a shadow of collapsing Rome.

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      • MacKenzie says:

        The Senate is half of Congress. The House is only the other half.

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      • JoAnn Leichliter says:

        Until the change to the Senate rules, in the 1970s, as I recall, bills passed in the Senate with a simple majority. Filibusters were rare, because someone actually had to TALK, and all Senate business stopped for the duration. Now, just declaring you intend to filibuster forces the Senate to muster the 60 votes for cloture or the bill is bypassed and ignored. Thus all legislation is held hostage by the minority party, and neither party wants to give that up. The original difference between the Senate and the House was the term served (six rather than two years) and the appointment of Senators by the individual state, rather than electing them (since changed). The idea was that the House most closely reflected the needs and desires of the people, the Senate the needs of each state. Not so now, for better or worse.

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  17. ALEX says:

    Meanwhile the republicans are in their home districts doing exactly what for two weeks…Telling their constituents how hard they are working …give us a break…

    President Trump is awesome….The rest of em are a joke.

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  18. p'odwats says:

    Every single day the president is hammered on all sides by Dems, the media, and backstabbing Repukes who are doing everything to drive him out of office. The man’s focus is incredible. The constant distractions would drive all but a few men crazy but not Donald Trump. I originally supported Scott Walker and then Ted Cruz for the nomination before switching to the president. Now it’s so obvious he was the only one, by far in the GOP presidential field, who could withstand this constant sh**storm and still thrive. He’s putting it all on the line for the American people! How long have we waited for a president to be committed to his country and its people first?!

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  19. fangdog says:

    Since Trump, Congress seems smaller and smaller day by day. I shouldn’t be that way, but one can only ignore the loonies for so long.

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  20. Kathy says:

    Your suggestions are apt to reach Jared sooner if you post them here:
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

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    • Kathy says:

      This response would make sense if you could see the snarky post I was responding to (which is now gone). Yikes … Ad Rem is now operating at Trump speed!

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  21. With recent changes to White House staffing and extraordinary outreach to nationwide industries, businesses and interest groups, could President Trump have decided to pursue an outside-in and an inside-out strategy with Congress?

    Letting Congressional Leaders “have their shot” at producing has proven their fecklessness in undermining his agenda, and their vacuous capability.

    President Trump must now know Congress has been both hopelessly bought (Globalists) and blackmailed (Obama surveillance).

    Seems like he’s setting up an irresistible agenda to benefit both American industry and the American worker. Industry will dangle the options of primarying Congressional obstructionists or funding Congressional enablers of the evolving Trump Agenda.

    Trump’s expanding Voter Base, Social-Media Reach and Rally Mobilization could do the rest.

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    • pyromancer76 says:

      This is my sense, too. Trump both develops and brings so many different interests and perspectives to work on a problem, I am becoming more and more hopeful. It’s like all Americans can be included.

      This feeling is like a beautiful blanket, soft to the touch and safe and warm. Like the US of A has been for the peoples of the world, a hope for something better, decent, good, and enabling the best from each individual — if they wish to pursue their best. If not, take the consequences, and don’t project your failings onto others.

      For so many years that blanket has felt rough and raspy, filled with holes (Bushes, Clinton), but nothing felt like the acid-laced cover of 0’s Presidency. I knew he was born and raised Communist-Isalmist, from the beginning, and hated this country. What was that victory about?!?!? Anyone with a modicum of due diligence would have known that, too. How could Americans be willing to be so horribly fooled? ,,

      The only conclusion was that the Republican’s were in on it, too, and the main stream media, all of them, and our brilliant IT entrepreneurs — oh, wait, were they being supported by the crooked government in various ways?

      That blanket became laced with acid, eating away into one’s very skin boundary. (Blankets infected with small pox also came to mind as a metaphor — prior to vaccination).

      Then along came Sundance to put it all together, the whys and the wherefores. The strength of the acid lessened, but the reality remained. Finally, Donald Trump decided to become a Candidate. Once one looked at his positions over the years, there it was, the real deal, a one-hundred percent made-in-America real cashmere wool blanket-type, made of the finest materials grown in this country.

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      • Great metaphor!

        I shared your angst at Zero’s election.
        Greatest con in American history.
        As if he took lessons from Hitler’s rise…

        Small surprise with his Communist and Anarchist mentors:
        Alinsky and Davis and Ayers and Dohrn
        Jarrett (Vernon & Valerie) and Rev Wright and, and, and

        Just couldn’t believe NO ONE seemed to even Google his history.

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  22. The Far Side says:

    Love me some DJT! Media still in a tussle over Russian intervention and President Trump going after economic growth for our country. Keep the obstructions on their heels…dazed and confused.

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  23. Owlen Rose says:

    My head is on swivel watching our President work. I’m having a hard time focusing on one thing, because everything he is doing is delicious.

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  24. james23 says:

    President Trump is doing a Great Job!

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  25. woohoowee says:

    Seems like he’s setting up an irresistible agenda to benefit both American industry and the American worker.

    This is going to be one beautiful picture 🙂

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  26. SUGGESTION:
    How we DEPLORABLES can MULTIPLY and EMPOWER the TRUMP BASE.

    MULTIPLY TRUMP FOLLOWERS by forwarding the 1600 Daily emails from the White House to everyone we know.
    • Include the subscription link and encourage them to subscribe and forward to friends and family:
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600daily
    • Trump and his Administration produce progress and results so frequently, Americans will appreciate their dose of MAGA news.
    • There is no better way to help the ignorant understand or help the informed appreciate Trump’s speed of execution or the impact of the Trump Agenda.

    This will pay YUGE dividends in Reach, Support and Response:
    • There is no faster way to multiply Trump’s Reach and Daily Impressions.
    • There is no more powerful way to mobilize Americans to press Congress than instantaneous Reach with a powerful Message for Action that bypasses Media Distortion and Distraction.

    This will give us the Power to Control Congress:
    • He can Mobilize Rallies to support the Trump Agenda.
    • He can Mobilize Assaults on our obstructionist Congress.
    • He can Mobilize Voters to primary and replace Congress.

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  27. grlangworth says:

    Nothing has changed — any Obamacare House Bill still must be blessed by the Senate’s ‘Bishop of Budget Reconciliation’ so that it can be passed by a simple majority of Senators. This House Bill has to address the ‘reconciliation’ of all that $1 trillion in Obamacare Taxes through the steel constraints of the Byrd Rule. PDJT wants to put down that $1 trillion ‘major marker’ to start his tax reduction strategy. Ya’ll already know that Secretary Price is just sitting there waiting to make those 1,422 Federal Obamacare rules and procedures go away. Passing the first Obamacare Kill Bill and cutting down federal taxes to size will all but ensure 2018’s Deplorables’ victory — there’s 23 Democrats, and 2 independents who caucus with the Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2018. I believe the House should simply stop fussing and get it done.

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  28. SeekerOfTruth says:

    I just love this President. 2-3 times every week he is meeting with various business leaders and listening and forming strategy. While Congress is sleeping on break, Trump is working 80 hour weeks to get it all set when they come back.

    There is much Trump has done and can do without Congress, but to get the full package he will need Congress to show movement on Health care, tax reform, and infrastructure. And adding more details to his executive orders.

    When Congress gets back Trump is going to meet with all the Congressional leaders and have a serious talk about what needs to happen by mid summer before they take off work for a month again..

    ==> health care comments.
    Obamacare will officially enter the cycle of death in June this year because the golden bailout parachute to insurance companies for hard to insure people was ruled illegal and could not be passed with budget reconciliation process. By June 21 in most states the companies need to pledge what markets they are going to cover. This will indicate the maximum coverage as insurance companies can bail out all the way up to September. Some insurance companies have said they will bail markets if they do not get this parachute bailout money about $10-15 billion.

    Obama started appealing that in courts and to date Trump is not appealing it. So that means no bailout for insurance companies and more companies are going to bail in more markets in states will soon have zero companies for sections of states.

    If this goes as expected we could see maybe 20% of the US having no Obamacare exchanges in 2018. This is In addition to premiums going up another 35% in 2018.

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