President Trump Discusses The Trucking Industry
President Trump met with executives from the trucking industry as well as representatives from the American Trucking Association on Thursday at the White House, including ATA President and CEO Chris Spear.
Topics of the discussion included the new health care bill which repeals the Affordable Care Act as well as infrastructure and other important topics facing the trucking industry.
“Trucking is the backbone of the nation’s economy. We employ 1 in 16 people in the U.S. Driving a truck is the top job in 29 states. Trucking moves 70% of the nation’s freight and 56% of GDP. To grow our economy, we need to take care of the people that move America forward,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear.
ATA Supports President Trump’s Healthcare Plan
The Affordable Care Act was established by the Obama Administration seven years ago to the day. A vote by the House on a new health care bill was expected today but has since been delayed.
“The Affordable Care Act is just plain unaffordable,” Spear said. “Replacing this law will help trucking employees, their families and our customers by lowering insurance costs, decrease mandates, liabilities and administrative burdens, and provide access to quality care and patient choice.”
Provisions that will remain:
- Dependent coverage up to the age of 26
- Pre-existing conditions are protected
- No lifetime limits
- Keeps cap on maximum out-of pocket expenses
- Eliminates employer mandates
- Subsidies include refundable tax credits
- Medicaid would be overhauled and more responsibiities would be left to states
Trump ❤ Trucks
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