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Cheryl Bolen • Bloomberg BNA
March 22, 2017: 12:14 PM


Quotes from Women in Healthcare panel:

Trump sat in the middle of the table with Seema Verma to his left and a woman to his right with the name card Parmis Khatibi. All women at the table except for Gary Cohn, who was sitting in the seat with the name card Tom Price. Pooler did not see HHS Secretary Price in the room. Pool has not been provided with a full list of attendees at today's meeting.

Trump spoke from 11:24 a.m. to 11:27 a.m., then Verma spoke for a couple of minutes after the president. Please check the following comments against transcript.

POTUS: Thank you very much, I appreciate you being here. It's a great honor. I want to thank Vice President Pence, Secretary Tom Price and Administrator Seema Verma [inaudible], for all the time and energy they put into repairing and replacing Obamacare. Big vote tomorrow in the House. I want to especially thank Seema the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services a the wonderful job she's doing and definitely a complex job—but you have it under control, right? For hosting this very important meeting to discuss the vital role of women playing in health care and the hardships inflicted on them by the Obamacare catastrophe. Pretty bad.

Administrator Seema Verma is playing the leading role for us in helping us to repeal and replace Obamacare. The doctors, nurses and health care professionals here today represent the millions of women, millions and millions, who play a vital and indispensable role in Americans' health care.

Unfortunately Obamacare is making their lives so much more difficult, as you all know. And putting enormous barriers in the way of helping patients, who we are going to help and get this thing done, and get it figured out. It's a tough situation our country has been put in, it's not easy.

Women doctors and health care leaders have changed the face of health care in America, saving and improving countless American lives. In 1965, only 9 percent of accepted medical school applicants were women. 9 percent, last year nearly 50 percent of newly accepted applicants were women. Congratulations. Good job.

38 percent of physicians and surgeons are women, and that number will continue to grow. That's a big victory for our society, a big victory for America.

I want to also thank all the women nurses and health care aides for their incredible service and dedication to our country. What you do is remarkable. Unfortunately Obamacare is making it much harder for all of the doctors, nurses and health care professionals, men and women alike, to do their job. As [inaudible] Obamacare's broken marketplace, and it is broken, it's broken badly, the insurance companies are fleeing. Millions of patients can no longer access the health care professionals they know and trust. Keep your doctor, keep your plan—it didn't work out that way, you don't get your doctor, you don't get your plan.

So that is one of the more vital reasons why we must repeal Obamacare, it's one of the reasons why we're here today.

So with that I want to turn it over to Administrator Verma, and we'll start our meeting. Thank you very much.

Following Verma's comments, a reporter yelled, Mr. President, if the House doesn't repeal Obamacare, will you keep trying?

"We'll see what happens," was the reported response.



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