Truckers and CEOs from the American Trucking Association met with President Trump about health care and other issues effecting the trucking industry at the White House Thursday.
Trump even jumped up in the big rig and got behind the wheel. Not exactly three points of contact, but pretty smooth!
Talking to the truckers and pointing towards the CEOs, Trump said:
“Who makes more money, them or you?”
The President added:
“No one knows America like truckers know America. You see it every day. You see every hill, and you see every valley and you see every pothole in our roads that have to be rebuilt.”
“Through day and night in all kinds of weather, truckers course the arteries of our nation’s highways. You carry anything and everything — the food that stocks our shelves, the fuel that runs our cars and the steel that builds our cities.”
Trump also talked about Obamacare:
“Many of you were forced to buy health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges. You experienced a crippling rise in premiums, and a dramatic loss in options. And you just take a look at what’s happened to the costs, and it’s incredible.
“You know the problems. And it’s put a lot of the trucking businesses out of business, which is pretty tough.”
And ATA President and CEO Chris Spear had this to say about trucking :
“Trucking is the backbone of the nation’s economy. We employ one in 16 people in the U.S. Driving a truck is the top job in 29 states,” Spear said “Trucking moves 70 percent of the nation’s freight and 56 percent of GDP. To grow our economy, we need to take care of the people that move America forward. The Affordable Care Act is just plain unaffordable. 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.”
The President definitely said all the right things, didn’t he?