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  Vice President Backs Health Care Law Repeal Vote  CSPAN  July 18, 2017 11:27am-11:45am EDT

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care plan. stay tuned. and with only a very small majority, the republicans in the house and senate need more victories next year since democrats totally obstruct, no votes. and finally the senate must go to a 51-vote majority instead of 60 votes. even parts of full repeal need 60. eight democrats control the senate, crazy. the man who would be a tiebreaker in any 50 vote split in the senate is vice president mike pence. he talked about health care repeal and replace during remarks to a national retailers group in washington, d.c. vice president pence: thank you, matthew, thank you for that very kind introduction and your great leadership here. i offer all of you a warm, very warm, welcome to our nation's
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capital. welcome to washington, d.c. it's an honor to be here with you today with so many great american success stories. corner stones of american communities large and small. the members of the national retail federation here at the 83rd annual retail advocates summit. reat to see you all. i bring greetings this morning from a friend of mine who is a businessman and knows a little bit about retail, who has been fighting every single day to unleash a new era of american opportunity and prosperity, i bring greetings from the 45th president of the united states of america, president donald trump. you know, from the very first day of this administration, president trump has been fighting to restore jobs and opportunity and prosperity all across this country. this president has signed more
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laws, cutting through federal red tape, than any president in american history. and it's already saved businesses and families up to $18 billion in red tape costs every year. in fact, the president earlier in our administration ordered every agency in washington, d.c. torques find two regulations to get rid of before issuing any new federal regulations on american businesses large and small. [applause] and with the support of our new secretary of labor, secretary acosta, president trump is striking the right balance in labor relations. appointing two highly qualified experts in the national labor relations board and as we speak our administration is rolling back the joint employer rule. [applause] in case you didn't notice, the american people elected a builder to be president of the united states, and president trump has already started to
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rebuild america. and we won't stop until we have the best roads, best bridges, best airports, and best harbors and the best future we have ever had. plans are under way at the administration for a historic infrastructure bill and it's going to support a growing economy all across america. this week, is made in america week for our administration. the president's been fighting for american job creators and manufacturers and american farmers every single day so that your businesses, american businesses, can sell more american goods than ever before. and i'm here to report to you since day one of this administration president trump has been fighting tirelessly to repeal and replace obamacare. [applause] every day obamacare survives is another day the american economy and american families struggle. we all refresh the broken
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promises that made it possible for obamacare to get passed. you remember them? they said if you like your doctor you could keep it. not true. they said if you like your health insurance you could keep it. not true. we were told that health insurance costs would go down. that one wasn't true, either. our administration has actually shown that the average premium on the individual market is more -- has more than double since obamacare went into effect less than four years ago and some states more than tripled. when obamacare passed we were promised that families would save up to $2,500 in premiums every year, but the average obamacare plan today costs nearly $3,000 more than a plan did in 2013. while premiums are soaring, choices are plummeting. next year nearly 40% of america's counties, including nine entire states l. have only one choice of a health insurance provider, meaning they'll have essentially no choice at all. even worse, dozens of counties
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will have no health insurance providers whatsoever on the obamacare exchange in 2018. men and women behind these statistics are real people facing a real crisis. behind every number is a name. behind every name is a story. i have heard them as i have traveled across this country on our president's behalf. i heard firsthand from job creators just like all of you in this room and working families about the burden that obamacare has placed upon them. the burden of higher costs, fewer choices, and worse care for the most vulnerable. obamacare has failed. and obamacare must go. [applause] president trump and i are grateful for the efforts of senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and the vast majority of republicans who worked so hard in the house and senate to keep their promise to repeal and replace obamacare.
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as the president said just earlier today, most republicans were loyal, terrific, and worked really hard. and there are no truer words. but last night we learned that the senate still doesn't have consensus on a bill to repeal and replace obamacare at the same time. president trump and i fully support the majority leader's decision to move forward with a bill that just repeals obamacare. and gives congress time as the president said to work on a new health care plan that will start with a clean slate. the senate actually passed the very same bill in 2015 and sent it to president obama's desk and they should do it again. to be clear, the senate should vote to repeal now and replace later or return to the legislation carefully crafted in the house and senate, but either way, inaction is not an option. congress needs to step up. congress needs to do their job. and congress needs to do their
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job now. [applause] as the president said with his inexhaustible optimism and determination, state tuned, we will return. we will rescue the american people from the disastrous consequences of obamacare. and restore a health care system based on personal responsibility, free market competition, and state-based reform. that's the american way to meet the health care needs of the american people in the 21st century. we're not going to stop fighting until we get it done. [applause] i'm here today on the president's behalf to say thank you. thanks to national retail federation and all the members for what you do for america every single day. it's amazing to think for 106 years the national retail federation has given a voice to
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the corner stores, mom and pop shops, grocers, department stores, and all the other retailers that are literally the backbone of every american community. and the businesses represented in this room make a remarkable difference in the life of our nation and the lives of the american people every day. as president trump said when he met with retailers earlier this year, you're one of the great job producers in america and it's true. retailers are one of the largest employers in america today. in fact, a stunning one in four american jobs depend on the retail industry. the national retail federation slogan really sums it up best. retail means jobs, and the best days for american retailers are up ahead. i promise you that. [applause] now, i'd like to take a moment to recognize all the retail champions who are with us here today. especially danny reynolds from
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stevensons in elk d. hart, indiana. congratulations to the five finalists. one will be the champion of the year announced later today. let's give all the champions a round of applause. it's important to celebrate the difference that each one of you make. in businesses large and small across this country. beyond the numbers, beyond the jobs is something i would say is even more important. that is growing up in a smalltown in southern indiana i know that retailers like all of you gathered here are simply a fixture in the lives of literally every american family. we walkthrough your doors to get christmas and birthday presents for our loved ones. we walk down your aisles and brows your -- browse those aisles to buy clothes and groceries and everyday necessities. we walk by your windows every single day, and pop in even if we didn't plan on t doesn't matter what we need. american retailers have it. in fact, one of the last things
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i did before i was sworn in as vice president of the united states was stop by a retailer. it was during the transition here in our nation's capital, mrs. pence sent me a text and told me to pick up some ice cream. first time i had done that with a large secret service detail, but i did my job. let me also say one more thing, not only do you provide those great goods and great services to people all across this country, but on behalf of the president i want to acknowledge the fact that america's retailers are really model corporate citizens. the truth is you support every worthy cause in every community large and small. you enrich not only our people but our very way of life. you can't hardly go to a little league baseball game, you can't hardly go to a local charity function without seeing your banners hanging, without hearing about your sponsorship on the brochure. know that your president and i are truly grateful for everything that you do for the
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communities that you serve. why don't you give yourselves a round of applause for the difference that you make in the lives of every american. [applause] i want to assure you our president knows as retail goes so goes america. the president told retailers earlier this year our administration is, quote, in his words, very focused on the issues that will encourage economic growth and the growth tall' need to continue to grow and succeed. it's remarkable to think about everything the president's accomplished so far. it's been only six months. president trump will keep working every single day to pass our agenda of less regulation, better infrastructure, more american energy and affordable high quality health care. rest assured one more item i want to mention, this president is going to work with this congress, this year, and we're going to pass the largest tax cut since the days ever ronald reagan. [applause]
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the truth is america's tax code is one of the biggest barriers to success for working families and job creators like all of you. i love that old line that says that internal revenue code is device as long as the bible. with none of the good news. we're going to change all that. we're going to cut taxes across the board for working families, small businesses, and family farms. we're going to simplify the tax code by cutting seven brackets down to three. we'll eliminate the alternative minimum tax, made the code flatter and fairer and simpler for every one. and particularly important for retailers, particularly small town family retailers, under president trump we're going to repeal death taxes once and for all. death will no longer be a taxable event. [applause] when it comes to your business, our tax plan will put american companies, including our retailers, back on a path to jobs and growth and better competitiveness. our corporate tax rate, it's remarkable to think is one of
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the highest in the developed world. our outdated system of worldwide taxation literally penalizes companies for being headquartered in america. not for long. president trump's plan is to slash the business tax rate to 15%. we'll enact a territorial tax that's in line with the rest of the world. we're going to cut taxes on the trillions of dollsars -- dollars locked away overseas so american companies can invest those dollars in american workers, american jobs, and america's future. [applause] president trump's tax cut plan will empower your companies to compete on a level playing field with businesses anywhere in the world. as we all know, when the field is level, american businesses always win. the truth is, president trump's agenda going to make the strongest economy in the world stronger still. and i believe that every business that's represented here will benefit from the historic accomplishments that lie ahead. but as i leave, i want to
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challenge each one of you, leaders in this country, leaders in the communities that you represent to stand with this president as he advocates an agenda built on american principle that is will generate a boundlets american future. i encourage you during this time in our nation's capital to let your voice be heard. as you reach out to our elected representatives, tell them you are counting on them, supporting the president's agenda. less regulation, lower tax, better infrastructure. and while you're at it, tell them the time is now to repeal and replace obamacare. the truth is, president trump is fighting every single day for all of you and all the people that you serve and all of your various outlets. he knows that your success is america's success. and every community large and small is a testament to this fact. we have an opportunity, the president and i believe we have a responsibility, to usher in a new era of jobs, of growth, of opportunity, and prosperity.
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built on american principle, timeless american principles of growth. and we have a opportunity to bring about the best and brightest future for all who are blessed to call our nation home. and this we know we will do. because we have faith. faith in the boundless capacity of the american people to revive this nation's economy and grow again. i have faith in this president's vision for america and his determination to drive forward an agenda for this country that will renew and revive prosperity of our land. and i have faith that he who has ever had his hand on this nation from its very beginning will yet bless america. and so i say with confidence, together with all of you, and with donald trump in the white house, we will make america safe again. we will make america prosperous
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again. and to borrow a phrase, we will make america great again. thank you very much. god bless you all and god bless the united states of america. [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> remarks from the vice president there mentioning president trump who tweeted about health care a number times today writing we were all let down by all the members democrats and a few republicans on health care. most republicans were loyal, terrific, and worked hard. we will return. as i have always said, let obamacare fail and then come together and do a great health care plan. stay tuned. and with only a very small majority, the republicans in the house and senate need more victories next year since democrats totally obstruct. no votes. and finally, the senate must go to a 51-vote majority instead of
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current 60 votes. even parts of full repeal need 60. eight democrats controlled the senate. crazy. and over in the house today legislative work starting in about 15 minutes. four bills on the agenda today, including one that would delay the implementation of an obama era rule on ozone standards and two measures dealing with the construction of hydroelectric power plants. those expected throughout the day today. some of the problems coming to an agreement on health care have to do with proposed cuts to treating drug addiction. we spoke earlier with an author who wrote a book about the opioid epidemic in the u.s. by provider.atellite >> "washington journal" continues. sam quinones, journalist and author of the book "dreamland," joins us today as we return to the topic of opioid