Wed, Oct 18, 2017: Trump talks health care, renewable energy with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds

Governor Kim Reynolds spoke with President Donald Trump over the phone this morning about the state of health care in the country, as well as renewable fuels.

The call comes ahead of a news conference the governor will speak at in Pella this afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

The Press Secretary for Governor Reynolds says this morning’s conversation was “a very positive and productive call.” On top of the country’s health care system, the governor and President Trump discussed “the importance of renewable fuels to the Iowa economy.”

–KWWL News 7

Thur, Oct 12, 2017: Trump signs Executive Order aimed at dismantling Obamacare

President Donald Trump took his first steps Thursday toward fulfilling his vow to dismantle Obamacare, signing an executive order that he says will bring affordable health insurance to millions more people.

The order broadly tasks the administration with developing policies to increase health care competition and choice in order to improve the quality of health care and lower prices.

However, it could also destabilize Obamacare by siphoning out younger and healthier Americans from the exchanges.

The order, Trump said from the Roosevelt Room of the White House, would give “millions of Americans with Obamacare relief.” It would “cost the United States government virtually nothing and people will have great great health care. And when I say people, I mean by the millions and millions.”

Trump said the measures “should have been done a long time ago, and could have been done a long time ago.”

Specifically, the President is directing the Labor Department to study how to make it easier for small businesses, and possibly individuals, to join together and buy health insurance through nationwide association health plans. The department could give employers in the same industries more flexibility to offer group coverage across state lines, providing them with a broader range of policies at lower rates.

Click here to read more from CNN.

Mon, July 24, 2017: Trump delivers statement on healthcare, urges Republicans to vote to repeal Affordable Care Act

President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering critique of the Affordable Care Act at the White House on Monday and ratcheted up the pressure on Senate Republicans to keep their campaign promise to repeal and replace the law.

Speaking on the eve of the Senate’s critical vote that could seal the fate of Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, Trump drew on the stories of struggle of Americans who joined him at the White House to remind Republicans of their seven year-old promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. Continue reading “Mon, July 24, 2017: Trump delivers statement on healthcare, urges Republicans to vote to repeal Affordable Care Act”

Wed, July 19, 2017: Trump urges Republicans to continue negotiations for healthcare bill

President Trump ordered senators back to the negotiating table on Wednesday for a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, just one day after angrily accepting the measure’s demise and vowing to allow President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement to crater.

Mr. Trump, staring down a high-profile defeat on an issue that has confounded him and defied Republican consensus, told the party’s senators they must not leave Washington without acting on a measure to roll back Mr. Obama’s health law and replace it with something better. Simply repealing the bill without an alternative would increase the number of people without health insurance by 17 million in 2018, a figure that would jump to 32 million in 2026, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

At a White House lunch, Mr. Trump warned the senators that any who stood in the way would be telling voters that they backed the current, “failed” program.

“I intend to keep my promise, and I know you will, too,” Mr. Trump told them, trying to resurrect a measure that appeared dead on Monday night, after a third and fourth Republican senator declared their opposition. That death was followed on Tuesday by an 11th-hour effort to force a vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement, but that, too, failed when three Republican senators came out against it.

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Tue, July 18, 2017: Trump says he ‘won’t own’ collapse of healthcare bill, plans to let Obamacare ‘fail’

The Republican bid to repeal and replace Obamacare  collapsed on Monday.

Trump was prepared to shoulder no blame for the failure of the bill on Tuesday, and warned he would now simply let Obamacare fail.

“We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We’ll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

–CNN

Tue, June 27, 2017: Trump meets with Republican senators on healthcare bill

After a setback for the Republican agenda Tuesday, President Donald Trump sounded an optimistic tone on reaching an agreement on an Obamacare replacement.

At a White House meeting with GOP senators, Trump shrugged off the Senate delaying a vote on its health-care bill, saying “we’re getting very close” to striking a deal despite remaining disagreements. But he sent mixed signals on the Senate’s ability to reach an agreement and “solve” Obamacare, which he said was “melting down.”

“This will be great if we get it done. And if we don’t get it done, it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like, and that’s OK, and I understand that very well. But I think we have to do something very, very important for the public,” Trump said, while flanked by Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, two GOP swing votes on health care.

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Tue, June 13, 2017: Trump lunches with senators, talks healthcare plan

In a meeting with Republican senators Tuesday to discuss health care reform, President Donald Trump gave them support to move in a different direction from the House-passed version of the legislation which he described as “mean,” according to two Senate aides whose bosses attended the lunch.

“He talked about making sure we have a bill that protects people with pre-existing conditions and helps people. We talked a little bit about the tax credit to make that work for low income elderly people,” Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who attended the meeting, said. “And he certainly is fine with us taking a different direction with what the house did.”

After the House passed its bill last month, Trump took a victory lap, holding a news conference in the Rose Garden flanked by members of Congress whom he praised for passing a “great plan.”

Tuesday’s lunch meeting resulted in little tangible progress on how to gain the support of nearly all Republican senators needed for it to pass the Senate.

Click here to read more from NBC News.

Tue, June 13, 2017: Trump visits Wisconsin, speaks on healthcare

In the morning, he will receive his daily intelligence briefing and then meet with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.

In the afternoon, he has lunch with members of Congress.

Trump then heads to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he will meet with “Obamacare victims” and then give remarks on healthcare.

Later in the afternoon, he tours Waukesha County Technical College where he will then lead a workforce development roundtable discussion.

In the evening, he will give remarks at a Friends of Governor Scott Walker reception.

He then heads back to D.C.