Trump talks health care reform in Charlotte
President Donald Trump signs an executive order to implement a health care plan he says offers Americans more choice, lower costs and better care.
casting doctors, nurses. That's great. Please sit down. I'm thrilled to be here in North Carolina with so many of these unbelievable professionals, doctors, nurses and amazing healthcare workers really in honor of mine, as the world witnessed during our battle against the China virus, America has the greatest medical professionals anywhere on earth. Today I will lay out my vision for a health care system that patients families first and perhaps most importantly for all of us, America. First, thank you. Under the America First Health Care Plan, we will ensure the highest standard of care anywhere in the world. Cutting edge treatment, state of the art medicine, groundbreaking cures and true health security for you and your loved ones. And we will do it rapidly and it's in very good order, and some of it has already been implemented. In short, we're delivering better care with more choice and a much lower cost and working to ensure Americans have access to the care they need. My plan expands affordable insurance options, reduces the cost of prescription drugs, will end surprise medical billing, increases fairness through price transparency, streamlines bureaucracy, accelerates innovation, strongly protects Medicare and always protects patients with pre existing conditions on the Democrat Party is pushing. I will result in rationing care denying choice. Americans on wait lists, driving the best doctors out of medicine permanently and delaying life saving cures over 130. It's including Senator Harris, have endorsed legislation to outlaw the private health plans of 180 million Americans. On top of it all, former Vice President Joe Biden promised to give free federal health care to anyone in the world to illegally our border. His plan to provide government health care illegal immigrants would bankrupt our health care system collapse or huh? Boy Medicare while bringing million's lured into our country. As long as I am president, we will safeguard our borders and our seniors. We're pleased to be joined today by Secretary of Health and Human Services. Done a great job, Alex. As our Alex. Thank you, Seema Verma. Thank you, Sam A Ah, a great friend of mine and a great friend of health care. Frankly, Senator Bill Cassidy. Bill again. Representatives Michael Burgess and Greg Murphy. So instrumental. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank and many. Many state and local officials air here with us. Thank you very much. Since the plague arrived from China, we have seen our doctors, nurses, first responders, scientists and researchers. At their very best, we slashed red tape to accelerate the development of life saving treatments, reducing the fatality rate by 85% since April. Incredible. Overall, Europe has seen, and almost 50% greater excess mortality rate than that of the United States. And despite Europe's punishing lockdowns, they're now seeing a huge surge. Very sadly, in cases under Operation Warp speed, my administration is developing a vaccine in record time. It will be distributed before the end of the year and maybe quite a bit sooner than that. Four vaccines air Now in the final stage of clinical trials, it just about at the end of a lot of things are looking very good. It is the most ambitious vaccine program in U. S history, probably in any history. The vaccines are being mass produced in advance, so they the vaccine will be safe and it will be effective. It will defeat the virus, and it will end the pandemic. The economy will surge to record highs. You see what's happening with the numbers that are coming out records. All normal life will fully resumed. That will be great. And next year will be one of the greatest years in the history of our country, from an economic and hopefully in many other ways. When I was elected, I inherited a thing called Obama Care. Has anybody heard of Obama? It was terrible. That's the way I feel, too. It was terrible and very, very expensive. Heard a lot of people. Premiums were too high. Deductibles were a disaster. Patients had no choice. You couldn't keep your doctor. But by far the worst part of Obamacare was this thing called the individual mandate is part of our largest ever tax cut in the history of the United States. We put in a provision to kill this worst provisions of Obamacare the individual mandate. It was a disaster and it was really the essence of Obama care. It made you pay a tremendous amount of money in order to not have to pay for health insurance. Think of you had to pay a fortune in order not to have health insurance. It was really terrible and so unfair to so many destroyed families. We were able to terminate the individual mandate but kept the provision protecting patients with not have been that particular law would never have been signed if it were otherwise. Obama care is no longer Obamacare. As we worked on it and managed it very well. We stabilized. It got premiums down very substantially. That was Alex and that was Seema and you did a fantastic job. But it's still unacceptable to me because it's too expensive and doesn't really do the job as well as we could have. So what we have now is a much better plan. I'm a care because we've gotten rid of the worst part of it, the individual mandate and made it much less expensive. A lot of that was through good management. We manage it properly. We have tremendous people working on it simultaneously. With all of this, we are joining in a lawsuit to end this ill conceived plan. I'm in court to terminate this really, really terrible situation. If we win, we will have a better and less expensive place, will always protect individuals with preexisting conditions. If we lose, what we have now is better than the original. The original version of Obama care by far, much better, much better protect patients with pre existing conditions. So today I'm laying out my vision for the future of American health care with the America First Health Care Plan. As we restore America to full strength, the first health care plan will be a core part of our national renewal. In a few moments, I will sign an executive order outlining the three pillars of my plan and directing my administration to implement these critical reforms. The first pillar of my plan is Mawr Choice MAWR. Choice for the American Patients theme. Last administration Severely restricted consumer choice through the greatest healthcare lie ever told. If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. You remember that 28 times that was stated by our president, but it turned out not to be true When I took office, more than 50% of counties nationwide offered plans from only a single insurance company on the individual market. Starting next month, more than 90% of the counties will have multiple options to choose from, which is really some difference. So e plan. You'll have the freedom to shop for the option that is right for you and your family. These options include new, affordable choices that cost up to 60% less than Obama care. Think of that 60% less. For example, we're opening up short term plans that are much cheaper than Obama and that can be customized to your individual needs. We're also offering association health plans that allow small businesses to pull together and offer more affordable policies to the employees. Thes air. Tremendous options that didn't exist before we came into office. And through a massive expansion of health reimbursement arrangements, millions of Americans will be able to shop for a plan of their choice on the individual market and then have their employer cover the full cost. Furthermore, I will work to make individual health care premiums fully tax deductible. That will be a big difference. E. Through these and other reforms were putting American patients back in charge, and we're putting them first. My plan will also revolutionize access. To tell has taken off during the pandemic could take a rocket. It's increased close to 9000%. Nobody was using it, and when we had the pandemic, they started using it, then they started really liking it. Then it started getting better and better. Bill. Now it's up to 9000%. Who would think that? One of the few things that we got from this disaster that came from China when we rapidly expanded its availability for Medicare beneficiaries during the pandemic, the number of telehealth users increase so incredibly to 14,000 week it was 1.7 million. It was increasing at levels that nobody's ever seen before. Just about any kind of a program. This is the future of health care. We will ensure all Americans have the freedom to consult with doctors from the safety and convenience of their homes. The second pillar of my plan is lower costs for families and seniors. Lower cost. For years, patients have been shocked to receive unexpected bills for thousands of dollars in medical services. They never agreed the First America and bans this deeply unfair practice. We will end surprise medical building the days of ripping off American patients air over My plan also includes the vital reform of price. Transparency on transparency is great for the great doctors, the good doctor's and it's also great for the great and good hospitals. That's where it's really fantastic for them to, in addition, obviously to the patients. For the first time ever, we will create true competition in health care. Both hospitals and insurance companies will be required to post all of their prices online. This transformative policy will allow you to see your exact out of pocket costs before you go for treatment, making it easy to shop for the best price costs will come way down. Some people think this will have a bigger impact than healthcare itself. It's a tremendous thing no matter where it's been put. It's been an incredible service, and it Z worked miracles. It's been brilliant for patients next time taking on the lobbyists and the special interests to lower the price of prescription drugs. For years, American patients have stuff on way. Talk about it all the time, Congress, they come over. We've been talking about it for a long time. They've been talking about it for years. They know the problem, but we've been subsidizing socialist nations by paying the highest drug prices in the world by far. And yet with the largest purchaser of prescription drugs by far. And this is all wild countries got away with paying so much less so much less, incredibly less. Under my plan, we will pay the exact same price as other countries. That's at the lowest level, so we will be matching the lowest price with what's now many times lower prices will come up a little bit, but you'll get discounts of 40 50 60 80 90 who knows percent numbers that you wouldn't even believe. And we were the only ones in 52 years to bring drug prices down. Last year they went down, as you know, but that was before this. They went down just a little bit, but just a little bit was the only time in 52 years. Now they're going to go down massively favorite nations. This will lead to Avery large savings for American families and plummeting drug prices. They will plummet the Obama Biden administration cave to Big Pharma and allowed drug prices to explode. The only bad part about this transaction is that they are advertising like crazy. Make sure you don't elect Trump, and all it means is that your drug prices coming down. So it z Incredible. They have unlimited money for ads, but they're taking ads. And every time you see an ad, just think that your drug prices air coming down. Do it because it was a very easy thing to do. But it took a certain amount of courage. I will say that eso it means that I'm taking on big former like never before. Nobody's done this before. They understood Favorite nation's favorite nations is You get the best price is the lowest, no matter where it is anywhere in the world. So if Germany is paying 10 cents for a bill and we're paying $2.5 for the same exact bill from the same place, same plant, same genius, scientists, same everything, same laboratory, we get the same prices they do. You're talking about numbers that air unthinkable. Favorite nations close. So it's really something, and they're attacking me viciously. We know that and they're attacking me really, because I'm fighting for you. But I can say this. I think I don't think it's confidential. Uh, chief of staff is here. Mark Meadows from a very great state known as North Carolina. It happens to come from North Carolina. That's good stuff. He wanted to be here for that reason, probably more than even listening to this because you've heard it. But Mark will tell you that big farmer is calling and negotiating and negotiating. They want to make a deal, and there's a deal somewhere. But it zits something that's taking place right now, so they're negotiating. But this is where we are and the negotiating for one reason before that, they wouldn't even think about negotiating with any other administration they would. They cannot believe this is actually happening. And if we can make a deal, we will. But market negotiating literally as we speak, right? So if he doesn't make a great deal, will blame North Carolina. Okay, so that's great. Now Mark is a real pro. It this understands that complicated business, but he understands it very well. Today. My administration is taking action on every piece of the executive order prescription drug importation. In July, the American there's three times more for medicine than Canadians, so you could be 2 ft away on each side of the border three times more, and that's the way it is. Canada is far more than many other countries. My plan will allow states, wholesalers and pharmacies to do something career politicians have promised for decades because it was very simple. It's an idea, but never delivered. We will finally allow the safe and legal importation of prescription drugs from Canada. So this means thought this means a state or whatever. It could go to Canada and by your drugs for a fraction of the price that they're charging right now. Massive numbers of tremendous numbers. Florida wants to do it. Colorado wants to do it. Many states want to do it, and they will be doing it. But that's still higher than the favorite nations. So his favorite nations kicks. And I think that probably beats everybody no matter where you are, no matter where you're trying to buy, this will be a game changer for American seniors, and by allowing you to do this through Canada, we're doing it very, very quickly. So it goes very fast and the new rule goes into effect. As of today is f e think so. What do you think? E Congressman Theo America First health care plan includes another historic provisioned to benefit our great seniors under my plan, 33 million Medicare beneficiaries will soon receive a card in the mail containing $200 that they can use to help pay for prescription drugs. Nobody's seen this before. These cards are incredible. The cards will be mailed out in coming weeks. I will always take care of our wonderful senior citizens. Uh, Joe Biden won't be doing things is also partially because of the tremendous money that we're going to be saving with the favorite nations and various other things that we've done. We've approved more affordable generic drugs than any administration in history. I had no idea, but I had had many doctors who have great respect for, by the way, come to me. And I said, Well, what's the difference between this? And this one is a very well known name. One is just the pill in a bottle with no tag on it. Then they said zero. I said, Let's be a little bit better. Write the name zero, and yet the name brand will cause five and even 10 times more money than the generic. So we've approved more generic drugs than anybody at a rapid pace. Thio. We're also requiring that low income patients receive the benefits of government discounts on Insolent and the EpiPen and that, you know that is a big that is a big deal. That is a big deal. Insulin is one of the most common medicines for senior thistles, something that Seema worked on so hard. Insulin prices soared under the last administration. Like you wouldn't believe, right? Seema. Under my plan, hundreds of thousands of Medicare patients will see their insulin cost cap at just $35 a month. That's a 66% cost reduction. This'll feature will be available on over 1600 Medicare plans that seniors can begin signing up for starting October 1st and under certain circumstances. Seema it's literally almost free. This insulin, which they were just ripping you on, is close to being free, even lower than the $35 a month. So you did a fantastic job in that Thank you very much on Stephen would come to my officer. I have something so exciting she worked on that for a long time and getting done, but it was It is exciting if you need insulin. A lot of people were going without it. They just couldn't afford it. Now they could definitely afford it will accelerate our relentless effort to save seniors money on their premiums. Since I took office, we reduce Medicare Part D premiums by 12%. Medicare Advantage premiums are also down dramatically. A 44% reduction in North Carolina good, 43% lower in Pennsylvania and a 54% lower price in Michigan. So that's something, and we have them all over the country all over the country. Their numbers, just like that will ensure that all seniors pay the same price for the same service, whether the hospital, the surgery center or a doctor's office. This will save seniors billions and billions of dollars here. We're talking about government, a lot of money, but we'll save our senior citizens billions of dollars a year. Fantastic job. We're putting into place the largest package of saving for seniors, if any administration in history. No administration is even close to what we've done, and I've said it having to do much more than even health care. There's no administration in its 1st 3.5 years that's done anywhere close to the things we've done and I never even get criticized for saying that. That must mean it's true. Write my congressman and my great senator. Under the Democrat plan, costs will skyrocket. Our seniors will lose the benefits they paid into their entire e. I mean, they've been paying for their entire lives tremendous amounts of money, all the finance, socialism and open borders. I mean, we're just helping other countries, countries that aren't even friends of ours. But we help our friends and we help, uh, socialism all over the world. And we heard our people, and we're not doing that any longer. No one will a hand on your Medicare. Your Medicare is going to be safe, and it's gonna be solid. Thief. Final pillar of America First Health care plan is better care. That's better care for American patients. Theme historic action I'm taking today includes the first ever executive order toe affirm. It is the official policy of the United States government to protect patients with pre existing conditions. So we're making that official. We're putting it down on the stand because our opponents, the Democrats, like to constantly talk about it, but with us than they are with them. and now we have it affirmed. This is affirmed, signed and done. So we put that to destroy our country. They will destroy our economy. So, Social Security, Nothing happened. I keep saying, whatever happened to Social Security to immediately attack? No, just the opposite. Your Social Security is 100% with me, but it's not 100% with them. Any health care reform legislation that comes to my desk from Congress must protect the pre existing conditions or I won't sign it. And I made that pledge and I made that pledge last week. But now I'm making it in writing. We're putting it down and we have it signed. You have e. The New Democrat lie is that they will cover preexisting conditions, but in truth, the Socialist takeover, economic shutdowns that they talk about. If you look at this state, frankly, where you have Democrat governors, Democrat leaders, those those states are in very, very bad shape with all of their shutdowns. Pennsylvania, you take a look at what's going on in Pennsylvania with the shutdown. We just want a big court case where a judge great federal judge ruled it unconstitutional. What they were doing the hurting people, this damage on the other side of a shutdown people don't realize with suicides and drug use and all of the alcohol. It's a terrible thing that happens. And Michigan's another state. The shutdown is very severe, by the way, on November 4th, I'm sure they'll announce on the evening of November 3rd that we're opening up. Unless these unsolicited ballots don't come in for weeks and weeks and weeks, you know they want them. Thio come in over a long period of time. It's gonna be a very interesting day. November 3rd, It's gonna be a very interesting day in coverage for illegal immigrants will collapse. Our economy will collapse under their system. Yeah, people that you know that is acceptable. It's going to be a disaster in terms of quality and cost. It will ruin our country. Under their plan, you'll lose your doctor again and you will lose your coverage. You will lose everything having to do with what we're talking about On my watch I will never let the radical left Take away your healthcare. You'll always have healthcare. E. Thea America First Health care plan will deliver another long awaited reform we will put you in control of your own medical records will require doctors to make your records available electronically and you alone them and you'll control them and they will be portable and you'll be able to work seamlessly with all of your medical providers. It will make your life a lot easier, much, much easier. The previous administration, led by Sleepy Joe Biden, spent $35 billion and failed to get it done. You know the $35 billion where they failed. We are delivering to give critically ill patients access to life saving treatment. I also signed right to try. You know what right to try is I'm very to me, Right To try is so great. It's so great and what I think I'd like to do. I do it really quickly. I'm gonna run through just a quick list of accomplishments that we've done. And, you know, we've really become the health care party, the Republican Party, and nobody knows that news doesn't talk about it. But I'm just saying I'm It's a list of things that we've done and it'll go quickly, But I just thought I'd take it out and say You know, I'd like to read that to the audience of professionals today, and this is just a partial list we repealed. The individual mandate eliminated. Obama cares, health insurance, medical device and the Cadillac tax is that's a big deal. People forget. All of this is I wonder who did that. Could it have been Joe Biden? He doesn't know what it iss. You know what Expanded association Health plans increased available short term, limited duration plans, expanded health reimbursement arrangements, Big deal lowered prescription drug prices, and you will see them at a level that you will never. You'll never see this again. They will go down so low. Ondas I said. We have the largest annual decrease we had the only decrease over a 52 year period. More generic prescriptions approved. Savings America Saving America. An estimated $2.6 billion in the 1st 18 months of the administration alone. So in 18 months we save 2.6 billion with generic drugs signed for executive orders to lower prescription drug prices. Signed legislation banning pharmacy gag clauses. Does that make sense? Thio e mean, what? What people were under what Even the pharmacists who had to do. Was it made them? It was embarrassing to them. Took executive action to ensure price, transparency and health care. That will be one of the biggest things, and most people have no idea what I said. Some people said that's bigger than health care. Required hospitals to post standard prices on the Internet. Modernized and strengthened. Medicare with more options, more benefits and lower premiums substantially improve kidney care. Such a big deal with more transplants and better treatment. Kidney care is so tough for people with problems very substantially. Lowered the price of insulin. As we said for our seniors invested in advances in generic therapy for sickle cell disease, Big thing won't stay $500 million initiative to find cures for childhood cancers. $500 million combated drug demand. We, uh, really went very, very strong on drug demand and the opioid crisis with expanded access to medication, assisted treatment and lifesaving naloxone on naloxone on opioid prescribed decrease by over 35%. So if you look at the the opioid obviously horror show it decreased by over 35% since January of 2017. We've worked very, very hard on that launched find treatment dot gov to connect those with substance abuse disorder to treatment. We have an incredible situation. Find treatment dot gov. Passed right to try to give critically ill patients access to life saving cures where it hasn't been approved yet by the FDA. Incredible. And by the way, if you know what that has meant, well launched an initiative to end AIDS HIV AIDS in America. We think in six years it will be largely eradicated. Who would have ever thought this could have started two years before I got there, but they chose not to do it, But we have, and we've launched the initiative. It's into its almost fourth year, and at the time we did, it was gonna be 10 years. At the end of 10 years now, six years were already down to six. It will largely eradicate AIDS HIV AIDS in America. Who would have thought that it's incredible When I first heard about it, when I first heard about it, I said, why wouldn't they have started it early? But they didn't expanded access to telehealth, especially in rural and underserved areas. Telehealth signed historic VA choice legislation. That's a big deal. That's a big deal. It's really It's the rial choice, not the week choice. The very, very weak choice. That didn't mean anything, but it's been a tremendous success and we just got a 91% approval rating from our vets, the highest we've ever had by by a lot. Hi way also. Well, we're at it. We signed accountability of accountability. That's where people don't love our vets. If they don't take care of our vets, you couldn't do anything about it. You have. They have to live in hell with these vets with the people that we have a thing called va accountability. They're accountable now if they don't treat our vets great, if they don't take care of our vets, if they don't love our vets, our country way can fire them. We could say you're fired, uh, wear a big thing. So v a choice Va Accountability took executive action to prevent Veteran Suicide had launched the 24 hour veteran hotline for suicide on its really working on on signed the largest ever increase in child care development block grants. Those are just Those were just some of the those air some of the things that we've done. We've done actually a lot more than that. But we have to get back to business here, right? Those are things that we've done on DNA. Nobody has any idea when you look at a list like that, Um, Democrats have never done anything like that. Under the Democrat Socialist agenda and avalanche of regulation would extinguish the flame of excellence that makes America the center of scientific discovery, groundbreaking treatment and life saving cures in our all out war against the virus. We've lifted bureaucratic barriers and Marshall America's scientific, industrial and technical brilliance, and we do have total brilliant. Some of it's in this room, by the way, in case you don't, I will apply. It really is some of the people, right, bill, some incredible people in this room. I'll apply the same determination to accelerate medical breakthroughs in all areas, including for Alzheimer's diabetes, generic treatments for sickle cell disease, early detection of cancer and much, much more, or here for Americans with kidney disease. We enable patients to receive adult analysis and we're investing in the creation of an artificial kidney. We're getting very close and we introduce critical incentives to make more kidneys available for transplant to change that will save tens of thousands of lives. What people have to go through with kidney disease is incredible. It's incredible. They work so hard. I said. How do they do? They could live a long life, but it's so much work to do it that they literally one doctor told me that they die of hard work. It's such a job to go just hard work. It z incredible what we've done there and what we're doing and especially with some of the research that's been done, what we're coming up with, you'll be seeing it very soon. I believe as we invest in the future, we will permanently bring our medical supply chains back home. Way will produce our medical supplies, pharmaceuticals and treatments right here in the United States. Right? Bring a lot of business to. If you remember, Puerto Rico used to do it, and then they brought tax legislation that destroyed that whole thing. They all left, but they were very happy in Puerto Rico. We're gonna bring it back to Puerto Rico and many of our states that will be doing it and North Carolina I see is on the list is being a very tough one. So we're gonna bring it back to North Carolina in the country on will reverse the disastrous and heartless decision Joe Biden made in 1996 to shut down the pharmaceutical industry. And Puerto Rico took place in 1996. Biden shut down the whole Puerto Rico industry. This was a very good industry. They were doing a fantastic job, and one day it was just literally gone. Biden shut it down with what he did with taxes, and it was it was a disgrace. But we will bring it back. Under our leadership, American Medicine will make the biggest breakthroughs, the largest leaps, the most exciting strides and the most outstanding discoveries. Before I sign an executive vicious agenda, let me introduce to Americans great Americans who will benefit from our policies. Julia Straw Topless was born in Freeman Sheldon Syndrome with the Freeman Sheldon Syndrome, which is tough, an extremely rare muscle and bone disorder. Under the previous administration, Julia's family saw their premiums on the individual market skyrocket to $3000 a month and more. Her parents had to go without health insurance just to afford coverage for their Children. Since I was elected their families, premiums have been slashed by more than 40%. And we're going down further on. Everyone is now covered in Junior. Always has access to the doctor. She we are with you. I don't know where you are. Judy. Where is Julia? Wow. Thank you. Thank you. You look great, Julia. Thank you. That's great. Thank you, Julia. It's a great story, but were inspired by your courage. Thanks. Also with us is Sharon Leader, a financial planner from nearby Concord. After spending less than 24 hours in the hospital in receiving a few basic tests, she received surprise bills that added up to $4000. That's a lot of money, Sharon. Those days will soon be over because we'll end surprise medical building once and for all. We're a share. I'm sure that's why they call it surprised buildings. You got home and she was surprised they sent you the bill. You opened it up. You thought it was gonna be $25 and it was a little more than that, right? That's great. Well, we're taking care of it. Thank you very much. We're standing up or our people were standing up to special interest we're taking on. The powerful lobbyists were stopping the radical Socialists and Communists. To be honest with you, I think we've got us a little bit above socialism or below it if you want to call it that way. But we are standing up to both Whichever one you want to choose. And we're fighting for the incredible people of North Carolina. Incredible people, people I love. I love people. We named as you know, my grandchild is named Carolina. Uh, beautiful Carolina, my most beautiful child. But we're providing better care and more choice at a lower cost, substantially lower cost. We're delivering a healthier, safer, brighter and more prosperous future for every citizen in our magnificent land. Because we are proudly putting America first. It hasn't happened for a long time. Wear fur ball. Executive order. I want to thank you all for being here. God bless you. God bless North Carolina. And God bless America. Thank you. 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