WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) took to the podium at the GOP Members Retreat in Baltimore, Maryland, to celebrate this historic economy, and discuss the Republican Party’s future plans for sensible health care reform:
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“The President focused a lot of time on talking about how America has the hottest economy in the world right now. And it didn’t happen by accident. It happened because of conservative policies. We cut taxes for every income level and what are the results of those tax cuts and the regulatory relief we brought in? We now have the lowest unemployment levels in different, important demographics: the lowest unemployment for African Americans, the lowest unemployment for Hispanics, in the history of our country.
“Did you know that today, on average, every single day on average 1,800 women start businesses. Think about that. Women own businesses at a historically high level: 1,800 women own businesses being started every single day now in America because of this incredible high economy that we created. And, look, for whatever reason Democrats chose – every single Democrat chose – to oppose these policies when we were passing them through.”
On Republicans push for sensible health care reform:
“And so, when you look to the future, the things that we’re going to be talking about at this retreat like putting together a better health care plan for Americans. The biggest problem right now is that healthcare costs too much.
“The Democrats’ answer is to go the other way. They’re not even satisfied with Obamacare. They want what they call ‘Medicare for All’ which we know means the elimination of 180 million private health insurance plans. For people on Medicare Advantage, 20 million Americans who enjoy Medicare Advantage, they eliminate that as well.
“What we want to do – and we know the results, we know what’s going to happen – you’re going to have longer lines, higher costs for healthcare, etc. The American people don’t want that. They want us to focus on lowering costs, giving them more choice, and protecting people with preexisting conditions. That’s what this President talked about last night, that’s what we stand for, that’s what we want to implement when we get the new majority next year.”
On national enthusiasm for the GOP’s agenda:
“I tell you what, the biggest applause lines were when the President introduced our two new members of Congress who are going to be sworn in next Tuesday. To see those wins in North Carolina and especially to see how President Trump’s influence played an active role in increasing turnout. A higher turnout than we had last year and it’s much closer to the kind of turnout we’re going to see next year when President Trump’s going to be on the ballot with us.
“And we can go into all of those districts that we’ve lost. So many that President Trump won in 2016, he’ll do even better in in 2020. And I see that when I go around the country travelling to all of these swing districts.
“You see enthusiasm for the President’s policies, you see a real enthusiasm for moving away from socialism that the Democrats are trying to go towards. And we’re working with Republicans to get even bigger things done in this economy.”