From: "Bolen, Cheryl"
Date: July 13, 2017 at 3:10:48 PM EDT
Subject: VP pool report #2
Meeting attendee list at bottom. Please check quotes against transcript.
Pence opened the meeting by thanking the philanthropic organizations and said he wanted to talk about policies this administration is advancing on tax reform and health care reform, and wanted their input. America is “far and away” the most generous nation on earth, with a record $373 billion in giving to charitable causes last year alone.
“In addition to tax reform that we want to talk about today, President Trump and I truly believe that one of the keys to spurring economic growth in America today is to keep our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare,” Pence said. A few hours ago, the Senate leadership released an updated version of its health care bill, and he urged every member of the Senate to get the bill to the president’s desk soon.
“This legislation, President Trump and I believe, is the right bill at the right time to begin the end of Obamacare,” Pence said. He asked for the support of the philanthropic organizations.
The bill would put American health care back on a path to more freedom, more choices and more affordability for working families. It would repeal Obamacare’s individual and business mandates, cut taxes on working families and small businesses, restore freedom and create jobs. The bill expands health savings accounts, pays for insurance premiums and offers tax credits to Americans to buy insurance at a more affordable price.
The bill provides $45 billion to states to combat the opioid crisis, and ensures everyone with a pre-existing condition has access to the coverage and care they need, “no exceptions.” Lastly, this legislation gives states the freedom and flexibility to reform Medicaid in ways to better meet the needs of the most vulnerable.
“President Trump and I look forward to the Senate voting on this bill as early as next week,” Pence said.
Q. Mr. VP will you be making calls to senators this week?
I was on Capitol Hill today
Q. how was the meeting?
I was very encouraged by the actions the Senate leadership’s taken. We believe the Senate health care bill is the right bill [inaudible] to move forward next week, send it back to the House…
Q. do you think the leader will get to 50 votes?
“Well, we’re going to work very hard.” The president and I have already talked today and he and this entire administration strongly support the Senate bill, and believe it represents the beginning of the end of Obamacare. And the introduction of reforms in this legislation, we believe, will once again put the American people back in charge and give states new freedom and flexibility to make sure Medicaid works.
List of attendees provided by VP office:
1. Fred Klipsch, Hoosiers for Quality Education
2. Adam Meyerson, The Philanthropy Roundtable
3. Dave Wills, National Christian Foundation
4. John Tyler, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
5. Xavier Peña, Houston Endowment
6. Heather Higgins, Randolph Foundation
7. Mason Rummel, James Graham Brown Foundation
8. Tom Riley, Connelly Foundation
9. Linda Evans, Meadows Foundation
10. Holly Stubbing, Foundation for the Carolinas
11. Lawson Bader, DonorsTrust
12. John Jackson, Adolph Coors Foundation
13. Art Pope, John William Pope Foundation
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White House Correspondent