Vice President Mike Pence came to a Springdale business Thursday and pledged the Trump administration will "lift the weight of Obamacare off American families and businesses."
Pence spoke in front of small-business owners. Accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Pence brought assurances from the president that the administration will "repeal and replace Obamacare."
"Despite the best efforts of some activists around the country, the American people know the truth,'' Pence told employees and invited guests at FrameUSA on Northland Boulevard. "Obamacare has failed and Obamacare must go. This failed law is crippling the American economy and putting an enormous weight on American families."
Pence came to Springdale with Tom Price, the Trump administration's Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). They both said they want to get government out of the way of the health care system. Price, who is an orthopedic surgeon, talked about how his department is approaching the Affordable Care Act.
"What I've charged my folks at HHS with is to make sure that we identify every single thing that helps patients under the current law and we will want to do more of it,'' Price said. "If it hurts patients, we want to do less of it or get rid of it."
Price said "clearing the wreckage" of the ACA and replacing it is going to be tricky.
Pence told small business owners the Trump administration is on their side. He said he and President Trump both come from small business backgrounds.
"We both know the sacrifices that are required – the long hours, the hard work,'' the vice president from neighboring Indiana said. "We both know the fundamental truth of our economy – when small business is strong, America is strong."
Pence says the administration also promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to replace it with something more affordable and accessible.