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the people's report card. posted by my friend, martha. don't miss a second. outnumbered tomorrow, i will be back for that. have a good one. >> the first 100 days town hall, were coming to you from north carolina, a place that was pivotal on election night area these voters each have their own story and you'll hear from many of them tonight. how do they feel about president john's time in office so far? has he done enough to keep his promises to them? the promises made on the campaign trail? a barrage of action and executive orders, roundtable meetings at the white house, so
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the bottom line is, how is he doing? in the face of a lot of resistance, the twitter wars, and consequential world events, let's take a look back at election night even. 100 miles from this location president trump told voters of this great state just what was at stake in the 2016 election. >> in one day, we are going to win the great state of north carolina. we are going to win back the white house. the selection will decide whether we are ruled by a corrupt political class, you are seeing what's happening. everybody is watching. or whether we are ruled by the people. were going to be ruled by the people, folks. [applause]
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it is time to reject the media and political elite that has the lead our country dry. >> martha: tonight will be joined by david, former deputy chair campaign manager of the trump campaign. and robbie who you came to know, former hillary clinton campaign manager. first, let's get to look at this great north carolina crowd for their thoughts and where they think the president stands right now. welcome. it is great to have all of you with us tonight. i want to start by getting a show of hands, to get a feel for where you are right now on day 62. three choices that have to do with the report card self far for president trump. choice number one is, i think is doing great, i'm happy with how things are going. choice number two would be, i have reservations, i think there needs to be improvement. choice number three is that i'm
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disappointed with how things are going. so let's get a handle for choice number one. who thinks things are going great. who thinks things are going okay but room for improvement? who is disappointed, who's not happy so far? okay, we'll have an interesting conversation today. one of the things we happen this week was the attack that was on the united kingdom. we have seen several of the attacks in europe and some here at home. i want your thoughts on how president trump is doing on that front. let's start with joe garrison. joe, tell me about yourself. you're from north carolina, how do you feel about how president trump is doing in terms of keeping a safe? >> i think from his parties trying to do his job. unfortunately the judiciary, was another travel band get struck
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down. it seems like he's trying to do the right thing, to keep america safe. this looks like the democratic party, their allies in the mainstream media and unfortunately the judges that we have seen are more interested in playing politics and keeping america safe . >> martha: where is kim? what you think? >> about? >> martha: about the travel ban, national security issues, the president has stated his case that he believes that banning people from these eight countries for a temporary period will help keep us safe. we saw what happened in the united kingdom, a lot to be told on the story in terms of figuring out what happened there do you think the ban would keep us safer? >> i think what joe said is correct. i think the president is trying hard to keep the presidents country safe. that is going to be vetting people who fit the stereotype of who is trying to harm us.
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i think this people need to understand that in order to come to the country, there's people in their demographic that are trying to harm us. we need to protect ourselves. and president trump is trying to do that. >> martha: a lot of talk this week about russian the connections to the trump campaign. how many people think there's something there? they're concerned about the trump campaign or administration in terms of the russia question? how many people side with the white house that these connections there's no problem there. it looks like a lot of you would like the conversations to move on beyond that, is that right? >> in terms of the presidents tweets, the tweet about wiretapping, blaming president obama for wiretapping him which was debunked. however, there's an indication
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there may have been surveillance of some kind. can we get a microphone over here in the back row? this woman is shaking her head. you feel like the other side of the story perhaps is the part people need to pay more attention to? >> i believe so. the obama administration had no problem targeting conservative groups throughout the irs. he has politicized a lot of the powers he should have as president. i don't think it's a far stretch at all that he possibly whether his hands were directly on it or not, that this is happening. how else would they have known what he was talking about to the prime minister of australia, also how they know about michael flynn other than the leaks coming out? >> martha: let me wait till we can get the mic to. >> i would like to say let the house and senate to their job. let them get to the process and
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find out if there is any issues there. i think it's a false narrative. i think trump is trying to come back and do his best but let's wait and see. there's been no shred of evidence. let's let it play out see what happens. >> martha: would you say the same thing about tweeting about this topic? >> i love president trumpet i was a don't tweet quite as much. call his wife, call us kids. >> some of the family members probably agree with you. we know the president feels like it's an important way of communicating with people. he believes there's too much filter, his words get twisted. he likes the midi communication. >> he has on her million people following him. that's his way of getting around the media. because the media is not giving him a fair shake.
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if i that many people following me i would be tweeting. >> martha: that my kitchen trouble sometimes. let me ask everybody that question. would you like to see him stop tweeting? he thinks he should stop doing that as president? who thinks he should restrain it better? that's almost unanimous. how many people think it damages his credibility? okay. we will take a quick break. one interest proven to be a major battle for the trump administration is the nation's immigration policy. a shocking story out of maryland this week has brought a new urgency to that fight. when we returned, will hear from the audience on that issue, right here in pinehurst, north carolina. we will be right back.
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>> martha: another major pleasure president trump has rented take control of the immigration policy. racine new energy building
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behind that issue. earlier this week, we learned of a tragic case at a rockville, maryland where 14 girl girl was allegedly raped by two high school students, older, male students. at least one of them, potentially both of them entered the united states illegally illegally and were held by ice and released. it's a horrifying act in adding to the urgency of this issue of sanctuary cities. a policy that canada and president trump has pledged to do away with. let's bring our audience in on this. obviously every parent, every human being feels of the horror of the situation. a 14-year-old girl walking down her hall and the school. she was accosted according to the story by two boys.
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one of 17118. they are in ninth grade. as a parent i would have a problem with that right off the bat. then they learned that one of these young man was held by ice and released. the school was never notified about that. talk to me about how you feel. you, yourself immigrated to this country. i know you have a strong feelings about the rules that should apply. >> i do. i'm a mother of two children and i have a 15-year-old girl who is a freshman in high school. i believe that how current immigration system has failed not only the 14-year-old student in maryland, but also the two immigrants. i believe coming to this country is a privilege and not to write.
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also, even though all of the facts are not known at this point, i believe that those two teenager were also failed by the system. bringing them in at the ninth grade level because they don't have any academic records is not helping them. i don't believe that is why they came to this country. >> martha: that is great point. tiffany, let me go to you. you are a teacher. >> yes, i am. >> martha: you have a strong feeling truck is be nervous. let me ask everybody this, should an 18 or 17-year-old boy be in a freshman class in a public school? >> martha: should someone here illegally, one is a child one is an adult, should they be allowed to go to school in the public school system? >> no. >> martha: why do you think they
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should be allowed in the public school system, and illegal child who has an impending court day. the rest of the parents and the school are not aware of the situation. >> you have to look at the overall and when you make these overall statements based on small numbers of examples i think you're going off the track you not staying in your lane. people could be slower in school for a lot of reasons. english is the section let second language and they didn't learned. as a country we are better off with people who are educated them with people who are not educated. we have to do everything we can to make sure we people up and not push them down.
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>> we should look at examples, there's two examples that we are talking about, rat rape of that girl is enough for me. >> what about the football player who raped a girl in college who is american? [applause] it should be -- and i happen to be from rockville and it bothers me. i just cannot see this as a separate issue from the same crime by an american. [applause] >> martha: as a parent when you look at that, god forbid this happens to any of our children and it happened to someone's child and rockville. if you then learn on top of that that this young man should have never been, was illegally in the country to begin with which your anger be compounded by that fact >> not really. my anger might be compounded by the fact that ice did not do
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their job. but not about the child. the crime is a crime. why is it any different, it happens all over in college today. >> a lot of times, yes. how about stanford? >> did he get away with it? >> martha: obviously, any situation like this is terrific. over talking about is immigration. whether or not people should be able to use the public school system in the country if they are here illegally. go ahead. wait until we get the mic and i know were challenging you to my just want them to be of the time and. >> for me, starts with the first thing you asked. it stops right there. it's illegal or legal. what are we teaching people when we give them all of the rights of being an american citizen and the privileges we do have, that
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we work for. >> taxpayers are paying for these boys been in the school. >> but you are illegal and that just teaches all the way down the line that my kids are held accountable, legally. you get a speeding ticket, there's no, while he did not know better. >> i think what happened and rockville regardless of anybody's legal status was horrifying. we need to do everything we can to protect our children. it's important to step back, you brought out what president trump pledged which was to bring common sense to our immigration system. the bigger problem and i think it's important step back, our immigration system doesn't work. we need comprehensive immigration reform. what i'm concerned about is that president trump has proposed building a wall that will cost tens of billions of walls. mexicans will not pay for it.
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that's a fantasy. the experts are saying we need more people patrolling, we need better technology on the border. >> martha: i think he's talked about those. >> but i'm really concerned that he's not focus. one of the things his budget does is cut a grant from the doj to reimburse localities that are holding people who are here illegally that are committing crimes. we have to remove them immediately. he doesn't need to hold them because were going to get rid of them back to their country of origin, immediately. president trump is going to build a wall, and mexico is going to pay. >> and david, that's just not going to happen. >> in mexico is not $2,720,000,000. >> martha: let me ask about priorities. in terms of things happening now , i'll give you few choices. one is tax reform, one healthcare, and one is infrastructure. perhaps the wall is part of the infrastructure for the purpose of this conversation.
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if the most important thing that what you want the president to start on right away as healthcare reform, raise your hand. not too many. how many people would really like the president to prioritize tax reform? a bigger number. how about infrastructure in the wall? >> those are pretty different things. >> have about infrastructure? if that's your number one priority. now a very large infrastructure would be a wall. a southern border. who once had to be the number one priority? straightahead on the town hall as we take on the pledge to make the military more powerful. will it help to deter terror attacks like the one in london earlier this week? we will talk about it when we
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>> lie from america's news headquarters. the u.s. is in a more military fighters to the middle east. they learn 200 soldiers will deploy from four bragg north carolina at the request of the top commander in baghdad. their mission is to serve in iraq or syria, in cincinnati, ohio, the search is on friday when connected to a deadly, overnight shooting. one deaden several in critical condition. please have no arrests so far but they had ruled out terrorism the president's chief of staff
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telling fellow republicans it's time to start governing. this, after the party failed to get support for the repeal and replace of obama care. time to get modern democrats involved in the process. the ncaa final four bit the dust but in saga, north carolina and oregon. >> were back. less than 100 days into the presidency donald trump came face-to-face with the global threat of terror. an attack on folded steps away from london's parliament building causing multiple fatalities and catastrophic injuries. the incident coming after mr. trump took pulmonary strips
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steps to increase defense spending. an issue near and dear to the people in north carolina. >> we will also repeal the obama clinton and rebuild our badly depleted military. >> north carolina will be at the very center of this effort. no advance fighters flying for seymour johnson air force base. >> a new military technologies be researched and developed here at the research triangle. >> were several miles from fort bragg. largest literary operation. just a short drive away. it started with this important conversation. the president said he will raise the budget $52 billion for the military. we have a military mom and the audience.
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your mom is a lieutenant colonel what you think about ramping up of military spending? >> i cannot begin to impress how important it is to have the equipment, training to be a world power again. so the most important thing donald trump did for me was get elected. with that in mind, the person who sits in the oval office that can order my son to war has got to be the right one. i realize that i was far more afraid of who that might be then i was the enemy he faced on the battlefield. that was a stand sad understanding on my part. i believe that all we can do is never enough but we need to do all we can. my son is a shoulder. he wears that american flag on his right shoulder and he is proud to do so. wherever he has to go to defend
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this country we are proud of that. i know the american people are also. [applause] >> martha: i know it's very difficult and you are so proud of your font son. we wish him all the best. his family that serves. we know you make a sacrifice as well. >> i like to say who else in here has a family member who has served in the conflict? >> when he is appointing his son-in-law over general dunford to make national security decisions, when he's tweeting during his very first air raid about when he is going to be interviewed on tweet tv, i feel less safe. he has no foreign international experience outside of making business deals.
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he knows nothing about how the military operates, i feel less safe. [applause] >> and you have a family member in the military? my brother was a major. he served directly under general dunford. so when you have jerry kushner's with a bigger say that in general dunford, there's a problem here. >> martha: david all turned to you not. how do you respond to both of these moms. they both have very valid things to say? >> thank you both for your service and your son service. president trump has come into office with the military that has been degraded. i think the money, the budget and priority that he has put on rebuilding the military and creating the air force that
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compliant missions again. maybe that can have warships to send abroad again. look we all remember president reagan won the cold war by building up our military and not firing a shot and terry down the wall. >> that's right the wall those holding them in. so what we need to do is come together as a nation to support president trump in this time of conflict. we have to make sure that he understands the military his back as he has their back. he's never gonna send them on a mission that they're going to be bound to fail. that's what you were articulating, at least that's what i think it was. >> you cannot have peace in your family and in your heart unless there's something you can believe in. our family is a family of faith.
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i believe that he has had a shield of protection around here , he just needs a man in washington to make good decisions. [applause] america was less safe and secure under president obama then when he took office. i think we would have agreement in this room. president trump is dedicated to the military and building up the military and that's reflected in his budget. >> he has as much experience as trump had. [applause] i want to echo david and anyone in this room who has family serve. every officer in our military
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six wears an oath to the constitution and we swear a believe. what i'm worried about is the british were attacked in a terrorist incident only a few days earlier, president of the united states falsely accused british intelligence of wiretapping him. think about the friction that creates. we should not be attacking british intelligence we should be coordinating with them. now say, our military is the strongest in the world in the history of the world. that has been a force for good in our world. the united states has ten aircraft carriers, the next biggest country is italy with two, and china with two. >> we also have planes with parts that have been recycled from 50-year-old planes. clearly. >> on suggesting is that it needs to be part of a strategy. i haven't heard from president trump how to more aircraft carriers when we have all more than the rest the world combined
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is going to make a difference? >> did you have a comment? i find it extraordinary that there increasing the budget for military, and at the same time stripping the state department of god knows what. that is the one place. diplomacy is the first thing we should be doing when we are trying to solve problems. we do not need to be, i just feel like this presidency is going as fast as they can to any kind of war that they can set up >> martha: let's go back here. >> the affairs of our country has been managed so badly the last several years, everything is in crisis now. the state of our military is downright alarming.
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in today's world with north korea, russia, china, iran, all very dangerous countries, we need to have a strong military. so everything is important. but this needs to be at the top. >> martha: will leave it there and come back with much more. still ahead the top issues for voters across the spectrum are always jobs in the economy. in every poll it's the number one thing. our audience will tell us how the president is doing in terms of getting jobs growing in this country. when we come back. thanks for loading, sweetie. ...oh, burnt-on gravy? ...gotta rinse that. nope. no way. nada. really? dish issues? throw it all in. new cascade platinum powers through... even burnt-on gravy. nice. cascade.
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>> martha: we are back in beautiful pinehurst, north carolina. asking voters to grade the president and how he's doing so far in the early months of his presidency. like most places in america, the number one thing on everyone's mind is jobs. at the end of the day, how do you feel. you think things are improving are not improving? where are we on that promise as
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we head back to the audience. after go to my friend is insane throughout the hour i don't want to talk about jobs. sir, introduce yourself. >> i've lived here all my life. most of the things i'm hearing about tonight have happened in the last eight years. this mess that were in granite because of the last eight years. one of the biggest things martha , has been economy. i'm a businessman. the business community has been beat to death by the eight years we've had with this economy. it's coming back. i can feel it coming back. i'm a businessman. immediately when we got a new president and to change. people started spending again, shopping again, started making plans again, start going back to work again. everything improved. it started with attitude. it's turning into jobs. i her president trump in the
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night in kentucky. he said let's make america great again. make america straight again. he said let's make america wealthy again and were headed that way. >> we are allowing cold to be dumped into our rivers, judge neil gorsuch was the only dissent in the trans am trucking lawsuit which allowed a company to fire someone who almost died in 14 below zero weather. he was the only dissenter. we have to concern ourselves with the health and welfare of americans. >> let me go and get thoughts on the economy and jobs. you're not a believer. you think that's hype what you're hearing from this gentleman. >> i think it is type. the statistics on a planet have been going down for well over a year. essentially we are full
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employment. when they say is below 5% essentially everybody wants a job has one. you have our people who are not qualified. >> martha: one of the problems is we had a lot of people drop out of the workforce. some people feel that number was artificially low. i want to ask about sentiment. i used to cover the stock market and it's extremely important to the economy. how many of you feel the feelings are sometimes important that things are getting better and you might spend more money to share or take on another employee why is that not matter to you? i don't think he's done anything except validate statistics in the labor department which were not fake news.
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>> when he sql myers in the oval office and people on the desk on a daily basis representing across the country, letting them have a seat at the table, to think it's a good idea for the president to be involved in that way? >> i don't have a problem with that. coal is not coming back. >> you talk about a seat at the table, how many people were frustrated by the wall street bailout? donald trump on goldman sachs who did he put on a treasury department, goldman sachs. people are making money on wall street running up the score because they think the take a voice from the government and that's a donald trump is doing with his new healthcare plan. huge tax cuts. >> martha: president trump and going in with businessmen and women. unlike crew politics who bring
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their cronies into the cabinet. he's been withdrawing from tpp. the first month he had over 100,000 plus jobs over the number expected. that goes to the optimism and sentiment on the street. what is going on in america today with the president bringing in ceos and business leaders who are job creators into the oval office and white house and having ideas sessions. how do we in the white house help you create jobs? that the difference maker and that's what the leader does. >> marjorie, your former business owner. what you think about how he's doing, is it hype? >> i would like to think things are starting to change. i grew up in a small town. i would love to see the economy come back into the small town
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and have villages and small towns that a lot of us grew up in. i don't think that should be forgotten. we have to look at the small business. >> martha: small businesses have been hurting and they seem to be more optimistic. that's go to this lady in the red laser. >> hello. i own a tour in limousine company in the area. we have been operating for 27 years. i have seen up-and-down. after president donald trump was elected, it has been total 60 or 70% up. people are coming again. [applause] one thing you can tell is coming again in our office we have an old saying, if the japanese her company is going to be good year
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they're coming for the man masters and coming to pinehurst to play. it's been a 60% improvement. >> martha: america's concern when it comes to the future of healthcare has been front and center through the course of the week. president trump and publicans in the majority face pressure to get it right. our audience ways and when we come back, right after this ♪ don't let the food you eat during the day haunt you at night. nexium 24hr... shuts down your stomach's active acid pumps... to stop the burn of frequent heartburn... all day and night. have we seen them before? banish the burn with nexium 24hr. yet up 90% fall short in getting key nutrients from food alone. let's do more. add one a day men's complete with key nutrients we may need. plus heart-health support with b vitamins. one a day men's in gummies and tablets.
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>> martha: welcome back. glad to have you with us. the future of our country's healthcare is at the top of minds for people throughout this audience and across the country. there's been a lot of debate over the course of the week.
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president trump promised big changes and better healthcare for everybody. just a day before winning the white house. watch. >> real change begins with immediately repealing and replacing obama care. [applause] sadly, it has just been announced that the residents of north carolina are going to experience massive double digit premium hikes. we are going to win and terminated. you're going to have such great healthcare. it won't matter. >> martha: for healthcare, obviously a very divisive issue. we want to get out and chat with people here. and see what they are thinking. it has been all over the news for the course of the week. a couple people we want to talk to in particular. you are recently unemployed, what are your concerns about obama care and the possible transition to something new?
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>> i am on cobra now and the deductibles are so high. is the new health care bill going to help with those deductibles? my previous employer allowed us a low deductible, high deductible so people could afford their premiums that they had to pay. >> martha: what you think? do you think you are going to get lower premiums? >> i hope, but i don't know. i do not understand this three-step process and why they cannot do more the first time around. >> martha: we want to go talk to other people who have concerns about what you are hearing about the health care bill. james, what are you thinking when you watch this debate in washington. how do you respond?
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>> i know for myself when the affordable care act was passed seven years ago it was more affordable for me to buy healthcare. as a pastor i do not make much money. my wife was self-employed. so by blue cross, blue shield of the market was more pricier. >> martha: so you're happier with what you have ? >> it's worked well for us. i don't understand how a tax deduction for people making over $200,000 and squeezing up people at the bottom is going to hell. you hear ryan talk, he says that he is opening up more people will have the opportunity. but if you cannot afford it even though i could buy a ferrari if i wanted to, can afford it. so not getting a ferrari. >> is your deductible high? >> the deductible is high, without a doubt. with the subsidy that we are getting, the care is affordable and we are both pretty healthy. so it has worked well for us.
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if something catastrophic would happen the most rude pay $7000. that is a lot more than i would want to pay, but if that is what it is, it is. >> martha: so you're hearing what people are saying. if you are familiar with the paul ryan gop bill, how many are in favor, i am also going to ask about the random call version. who is with the paul ryan version? who likes what they are hearing there? >> what about rand paul for lack of better way of putting it, version. how many people feel very confused? okay well raising her hands they were confused. what you think when you hear people talking? >> a few things. the first thing to understand is the affordable care act did not do anything to people getting insurance through the employer. it was for folks who cannot get insurance through their employer
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everybody's asking the right questions, what about my premium and deductible. there is no way these are going to go down under the bill. it is for this reason, the democrats came in in 2009 at 2101 and everybody to get insurance to make it affordable. they raised taxes on some of the wealthiest people on the country , that's a fact. what the republicans are doing the same were going to repeal this take away the tax increase on the wealthiest people on the take away the tax break the text on pastor was talking about. the results of that and north carolina's going to be hit the hardest. for those buying healthcare on the exchange, they can see their premiums go up 50%. you cannot take away all of the revenue and give away the tax
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breaks and then give people the subsidies to afford. >> that's why a lot of people do not like the gop plan. it's the same thing. their premiums will go up, they want and ball of wax. >> that's why there's a major discussion continuing about what healthcare should look like in the future. that's one of the reasons north carolina congressman has been leading the efforts to have a health care bill bring down your premiums and deductibles. i know individuals in the exchanges had some benefits. if we open up and have the ability to go across state lines and also i would say as an employer, are deductibles that we paid as a company went up dramatically to help cover that. that was a tax increase on corporate america to help pay for everyone else. what we need to do is figure out
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how to take care of those truly in need. nobody wants to harm those people is a fundamental fact. and president trump dedicated during the campaign that everyone would be taken care of. but there needs to be more competition and an open and honest system that allows people to choose that. >> what were learning is there needs to be better articulation. most people get the healthcare through their company. so it doesn't change. it's for people who fell through the cracks. >> it changes the trajectory of that company. it impacts your cost of employment. in dramatic fashion. >> the decision was made the federal government needs to make sure everyone has insurance. that's not a free-market capitalist way of looking at healthcare. but that's where we are. i don't know how you do that.
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>> employment went up after the employment it's not people getting laid off. when a better position. to your point, here david with get more competition, the problem with that is we are pulling all of these tax breaks. people are going to drop their insurance and were not requiring people to have it. more people will go to the emergency room and who pays for that, all of us. >> i want to thank you for being here, it's wonderful to have you here. i think the great audience that has been with us tonight. and the people report card town hall. there's just over one month left in the first 100 days, will president trump deliver on his promises. that is the message we promised them to throughout the course of
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the program. we'll keep watching and reporting. every weeknight at 7:00 p.m. on the fox news channel. thanks for watching, thanks for joining us. [applause]


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