Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 3/13/2017, #22 Good afternoon, everyone. I hope you all had a great weekend. The President spent his weekend in a series of meetings with White House staff and advisors planning for a full and productive week.
PoliticalNews.me - Mar 14,2017 - Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 3/13/2017, #22
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
1:20 P.M. EDT
MR. SPICER: How’s my pin, John?
Q It looks good.
MR. SPICER: Good
Q The tie is good, the pin is good.
MR. SPICER: All right, then we’re ready to go.
Q Ready to go.
MR. SPICER: Good afternoon, everyone. I hope you all had a great weekend. The President spent his weekend in a series of meetings with White House staff and advisors planning for a full and productive week.
On Saturday, as many of you saw, the President had a working lunch with several members of his team, including Homeland Security Kelly, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Ross, Veterans Secretary Shulkin, and members of his White House staff, during which they discussed immigration reform and their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Over the weekend, the Vice President went down to Louisville, Kentucky. He was joined by Governor Matt Bevin for a listening session with over a dozen small-business owners from Kentucky to discuss the burdens that Obamacare has inflicted on their businesses. The Kentucky business owners shared in detail how Obamacare is negatively affecting their businesses, and reiterated their support for repealing our current healthcare system and replacing with one that actually works.
This morning, after receiving his intelligence briefing, the President led another listening session on healthcare with Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Tom Price. The President and Secretary Price heard from nine concerned Americans from across the country who have been failed by the broken promises of Obamacare, as well as two doctors who have seen their patients suffer from the law’s misguided rules and requirements.
This listening session was another important step in the process of crafting and implementing an effective patient-centered healthcare. Americans have been watching their healthcare costs skyrocket while their choices of providers and insurers have dwindled for years.
They’ve received those cancellations in the mail as many as three times. They’ve seen urgent care and emergency rooms filled with people who can’t afford their high deductibles and resorted to enduring the pain or sickness until they had no choice but to go to a hospital. They’ve had family members with chronic preexisting conditions whose cost of healthcare has more than doubled. And they’ve been forced to let go of valued employees or, frankly, unable to hire more due to staggering workers' compensation increases.
The President campaigned on a pledge to repeal and replace this unraveling system. The American Health Care Act is one part of fulfilling this pledge; it’s far from the only one. He’s using administrative action to provide essential regulatory relief to insurers, increasing coverage choices, and providing lower-premium options to individuals and families.
He will continue to work with Congress on the additional legislation, part of this three-prong strategy to increase choice while decreasing prices, including allowing health insurance to be sold across state lines, adding to the list of healthcare-related