Health Care Listening Session with Women Entrepreneurs

The Vice President:
Well, good afternoon. And on behalf of President
Trump and the First Family, welcome to
the White House. I am honored to be able to
welcome you here for an ongoing discussion from
some of the great women entrepreneurs across
this country about the President’s determination
and the need to repeal and replace Obamacare. We appreciate you coming
to bring your real-world experience. I look very much
forward to hearing your perspective and hearing
how best we can carry this message to the Congress
and to the country. I’m grateful to be joined
by the Secretary of HHS, Dr. Tom Price; the
Administrator of the Centers for Medicaid and
Medicare Services, Seema Verma; and also, the
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway. We’ll also be joined by
other members of the Cabinet as our
conversation goes forward. It is a great privilege
for me on behalf of the President to welcome so
many women small-business owners from across the country. They talk about the
terrible burden that Obamacare is placing
on job creators. And first, let me just
thank you for what you do. Thank you for the
jobs that you create. I had a little small business
of my own that my wife and I started in the basement of
our home about 25 years ago. And I know what it is
to be in business for yourself. I know the sacrifices that
you make, the hardships that often you face. But first and foremost,
thank you for being great corporate citizens. And thank you for the
success that you have created that has
benefitted families who have the opportunity to
work with you and work for you. It is estimated that
more than 11.3 million businesses in America are
women-owned business, employing nearly 9 million
people across this country, and having more
than $1.6 trillion in revenues. Women-owned businesses are
growing like gangbusters across this country — it
really is amazing — at a rate five times faster
than the national average over the past 10 years. President Trump and I are
grateful for what you do every day, and we want you
to be more successful than ever before. That’s why the President
has been fighting to roll back excessive
regulations, to unleash the power of American energy,
keep the cost of energy low, and why we’ve been fighting
since the first day of this administration to
repeal and replace Obamacare. Obamacare is putting a
tremendous burden [sic], as you all know, on small
businesses across this country with its reams of red tape,
skyrocketing premium costs, mandates, and taxes that
have been costing jobs and costing
growth in this economy. I’ve got a couple of great
business owners around this table, but I want to
hear from just a few of them. Kelly Moore and Amy
Pope-Wells, I’m going to ask to speak about your
personal experiences. But in Kelly’s case, under
Obamacare, her eastern Ohio business, GKM Auto Parts,
has faced I’m told double-digit premium
hikes every year. As you often say
your worst day as a small-business owner was
last year when you had to tell your employees that
you could no longer provide health insurance. I’m going to give you a
chance with members of the media present to be able
to reflect on that. Amy Pope-Wells is the
owner of Link Staffing Services in Jacksonville, Florida. We’ve had the opportunity
to meet in the past and I know what a dynamic
business leader you are, but the hardship that
you’ve faced — not only in your own business,
but in the businesses that you serve that are
facing the impact of the cost of healthcare following
Obamacare. It’s a story that
needs to be told. The truth is, the American
people are struggling under the weight of
the failed policies of Obamacare, and it must go. Secretary Price and his team
at Health and Human Services released a study
just two weeks ago showing that in real numbers
premiums have more than doubled under Obamacare
since 2013, up 105 percent. Now, I was in the Congress
when Obamacare was passed into law, and I remember
all the promises — if you like your doctor,
you can keep them. Remember? If you like your
insurance, you could keep it. But the central promise
was the cost of health insurance would go down,
and here we are that since 2013 alone premiums
across this country have increased by 105 percent. America can’t afford
Obamacare any longer. President Trump and our
administration are working every day with members of
Congress, and we’re not going to rest until
we repeal and replace Obamacare with the kind
of healthcare reform the American people deserve,
healthcare reform built on consumer choice, on
free-market principles, on state-based innovation,
and a respect for the doctor-patient
relationship. With that, I’m here to
listen, not to talk. And let me thank you again
on behalf of the President for your willingness to
come here to the White House to tell your story. I also see Linda McMahon,
the Administrator of the Small Business
Administration, is with us today. We’re grateful for
your leadership. But first, Kelly, and then
Amy, maybe you could share a little bit of your
experience with Obamacare and just how important it will
be to repeal and replace it. Ms. Moore: I don’t believe
my story is unique. I think my story actually
is one that’s told by a number of
small-business owners. But in 2016, we were
facing a 22 percent increase in premiums, and
this is after a steady rise of double digits ever
since the ACA was passed. With the exception of one year,
we had double-digit increases. I have good employees. I think of them as family. It was gut-wrenching to
tell them that I was ending their benefit
of insurance. And they are decent people
who work hard for us, and we appreciate
their good talents. And we look to the future
and think, how will we be able to attract good
talented people in the future? It’s been very difficult
since then for them to find affordable
healthcare. And I think that the
problem has been exacerbated, not gone away with all of this
uncertainty about the future. So, for us, it’s critical
that we have some sort of stability in our business,
that we get some sort of an answer as to what we
can expect in the future. The Vice President:
Well, thank you, Kelly. Thanks. Ms. Moore: Thank you. The Vice President: Thanks
for your obvious deep concern for your employees. Because you’d like to be
able to afford to cover them. Ms. Moore: I would love
to be able to offer that benefit again. The Vice President: Right. But it just reached a
point with double-digit increases you could no
longer afford to make that part of your benefits? Ms. Moore: It was a
decision of whether to have one of my employees
have to — have to lay off somebody in order to
afford it for the rest. And that didn’t make good
business sense, and it was unaffordable for them. We did try by splitting
the premium maybe 20 at the beginning; 70-30, 60-40. We also dropped
spousal coverage. We’ve made efforts to make
it affordable, but they no longer have the premiums
or the deductibles that they could afford with
the amount that they were paying. The Vice President: Kelly,
you know I see from the nods around the table that sounds
like a pretty familiar experience to all
the women entrepreneurs around the table today. And I appreciate you sharing — Ms. Moore: Thank you. The Vice President: —
your perspective with us today. Amy Pope-Wells, can you
maybe speak a little bit about your struggle both
in Link Staffing Services with Obamacare, but also
with all the companies that you work with in
meeting their employment needs, what you’re seeing
across the marketplace? Ms. Pope-Wells: Well, I
think — like you said, it’s not unique. I think all of us saw somewhere
around a 25 percent increase. So, as a small business, you
have to make budgetary decisions. But part of that is not
just the decision of the budget, but then how
it impacts all those employees. We have about 85 or so
contractors in the field and a staff of six
that support them. That’s just the
beginning of it. You got an increase. You either pass the
increase or you don’t. We had clients, which I
never even envisioned being a problem, who
refused to start doing business with us because
under the regulation we were required to list ACA
charges on our invoices. And those clients said,
we did not vote for it. We did not want it. We do not appreciate it. So, we as a business not only
took a 25 percent premium increase, we also
saw that clients were refusing to participate,
which we had to make tough business decisions again. So, we made those
decisions of what plans to go with the 25 percent
increase, what clients we would lose or keep. But then the quagmire of
the rules and regulations start. We found ourselves having
to spend — everybody in our office spending time
on benefits management, medical procedures being
denied, people not understanding the rules or the processes. We got into the
insurance business. We physically had to learn
how to educate and support our team, and we’re not in
the insurance business. So, it’s been a challenge
that I believe us, as Americans, should start
simplifying and figure out how to fix it better. Because we want a
healthy population. We even saw our younger
population who just refused to start taking it. They said, I’m not going
to pay $1,200 or $1,900 a month for a premium
— and walk away. So, we’ve got our young
populations deciding not to take healthcare. That’s not the solution. The Vice President: Right,
so how many people around the table think that there
is an urgent need to repeal and replace
Obamacare? Ms. Pope-Wells:
Oh, absolutely. The Vice President: Well,
thank you for that perspective. Ms. Pope-Wells:
You’re welcome. The Vice President: And
thank you all very much.

58 Replies to “Health Care Listening Session with Women Entrepreneurs”

  1. We Love you Vice President Pence, so happy that Trump chose you to be his VP.
    Americans LOVE YOU GUYS! #MAGA


  3. Terrific get real imput from health professionals to clean up the disaster Democrats who destroyed my health insurance are not interested in working with President Trump to fix their damn mess!


  5. Women are the brains and men are the backbone of the country ,time to return to a Matriarchal society πŸ™‚

  6. Anyone who thinks a Clinton/Kaine administration would have worked this hard to help the American people is just too stupid to describe.

  7. In the setting on this feed you can add close captions I have it on . Look to top right tap screen 3 dots tap it and u can add close captions


  9. whoever disliked this must not like smart Business women. and there intelligence that made them a successful leader!

  10. Insurance, and taxed to death. After Labor laws. How do you win.

    A computer with no motion, no feelings calculates insurance.
    When I bid a job, it's with feelings, compassion, motion.
    How do you stay in business?
    Why is it I can pay cash at the doctor or hospital 65% and 75% less than claiming it on insurance.
    Sounds like a organized crime.

  11. It's a wonderful idea to encourage more women to balance the demands of motherhood and that of working.
    I'm sure these women all have children that are better for the time the mothers were working instead of home.
    I guess that's what day care is for.

  12. Your brothers & sister in CHRIST LOVE You Mr. Vice President and your family! You WILL Be AMAZING President after 8 years of President Trump! I Pray Manifestation of Life to the Full Measure to you and yours in every area!
    THANK You for everything you Do for America and it's beautiful people! πŸ’–πŸ‘

  13. If President Trump Reads This please Make it illegal for protesters to stomp on my flag the one that my father and many other men and women fought for

  14. Repeal the ACA now Congress or get primaried out. We the People will find representatives & senators who will do what we say. Just watch & see. THE SLEEPING GIANT SLEEPS NO MORE. God Bless President Trump & Vice President Pence.

  15. I had the impression the AHCA had passed Congress, and was glad for it is the step forward I think the nation needs. I am giving a little homemade model of a building complex design, just in honor of it, to my Dad for Father's day. I just wanted to thank you for your work putting this bill together. I support in my own way it passing. I cheer you on!

  16. The very weak acting President Pence and Kellyanne "the barfly" on the far left. Meanwhile Trump is sitting on the toilet tweeting. Watching this makes me want to cry.

  17. Obama care has been harmful to patients care. Focused on redundant paperwork and regulations which increase cost and do nothing for the person in need. Deductibles are ourtageous and you can not choose your doctor.

  18. It is estimated that 11.3 million businesses in America are owned by woman and that they employ 9 million people. So does that mean 2.3 million businesses employ only themselves. The remaining 9 million on average only employ one person ?

  19. The need to take millions off there healthcare … what a noble act… You guys are sick disgusting human beings… Obamacare is not hurting small business, it's a lie!!!

  20. Free market principles ? What a crock of &[email protected] …. Do you idiots truly believe insurance companies will lower there costs in the free market ? You people must be slow in the brain or just flat out liars …. Private insurance will do what it always does, avoid sick people and only insure the healthy … You guys are disgusting, I have no respect for any of you …

  21. Pence harkens back to "business as usual" GOP Presidents. That's why we love the Trump persona and agenda.

  22. Just REPEAL OBAMACARE already!!!!!! CONGRESS SUCKS!!!! We keep electing them to repeal Obamacare and they keep screwing us. Obamacare sucks. PERIOD. Repeal it already you spineless buffoons!!!!!!


  24. 6/7/17; (2), Obstruction of Justice: let's see, the trumpster asked for a 'pledge of allegiance', from Comey, & didn't get it. he asked everyone to leave the room so that he could be alone with Comey. he then asked Comey to drop the russia investigation into flynn. & when comey refused to drop the investigation, the trumpster fired him. if it quacks like a duck, waddle like a duck, then…….

  25. Mr. Vice President, you and the President are doing an excellent job. The Dems, RINOs, and media can go fuck themselves.

  26. Thank you Vice President Pence for listening to the problems of small American business owners!

  27. …demorats and their Felon leader scumbag Mastas- have destroyed American heathcare- and they should pay

  28. What's the point of having a listening session composed entirely of women who appear to agree with the Administration and their healthcare plan (as if they have even seen the Senate version) and not include any opponents of the bill? Wouldn't it be a good thing to hear both sides? Maybe there are some opponents at the table and the video just doesn't show them but I think it'd be a great idea to have had one woman who supported the repeal of Obamacare share her thoughts and another who was against the repeal, or at least the current version of it, share hers. There are good arguments on both sides and it would've been good to show that political discourse can continue with civility in this climate.

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