The White House on Wednesday night was all smiles as President Donald Trump said that his administration would be “working tirelessly” to repeal the Affordable Care Act and expand access to affordable health insurance.
The president, who has spent his time focusing on the legislative and regulatory efforts, was flanked by a small contingent of supporters as he made the remarks at a press conference at the White House Rose Garden.
The day began with a trip to the White Houses golf course, where he and first lady Melania Trump played some golf.
At the press conference, Trump continued to talk about how his administration has been working tirelessly to roll back some of the worst aspects of the Affordable Healthcare Act, including the elimination of the state and local tax deduction and the reduction in tax credits for high-cost coverage.
Trump is calling the repeal of the ACA a “big win” and a “great, great win.”
He also noted that he has been able to “reinvent” the healthcare system through his executive actions.
The ACA was written to solve the problem of “insurance fraud,” and the president pointed out that “it’s one of the few laws that has been successful in reducing that fraud.”
But Trump did not specifically say that the ACA is responsible for the crisis in insurance rates, which have soared dramatically in recent years.
Trump said that the government is working to help individuals who are struggling to make ends meet and said that he will continue to fight for policies that will “make health care affordable for millions of Americans.”
Trump’s comments come as he has begun the process of pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Accord, which would require countries to reduce their carbon emissions.
President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the Rose Garden of the Whitehouse in Washington, DC, May 16, 2019.
Trump has previously promised to pull the US from the Paris climate agreement, which was reached last year under President Barack Obama, but he has not yet made a final decision.
He also has yet to make a decision on whether he will withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, a key part of his domestic policy.
While the president has not announced any specific steps, his campaign promised to “put America first,” and his speech on Wednesday was filled with calls for the president to focus on the economy.
Trump also promised to cut taxes for “middle-class families” and for businesses, saying that the country has “a great tax code” and “we’ve got to put it to good use.”
Trump and his wife, Melania, have been very vocal on the issue of the healthcare bill.
In his remarks Wednesday, the president said that “middle class and working families are going to be better off,” but also said that healthcare will “continue to be the biggest priority for me.”
The president also vowed to “keep fighting” for healthcare.
“We have to do it for everybody,” he said.
“This is not about a tax break or a tax cut, this is about a country that works for everybody.”