VP Pence: “Trump will be the best friend American small business will ever have”

Vice President Mike Pence wasted no time in rallying a group of Latino small business owners gathered in the nation’s capital on Thursday.

“Understand one thing,” Pence began by saying, “this administration is in the promise-keeping business.”

And those promises were multi-fold: repealing and replacing Obamacare, dismantling burdensome regulation, providing tax relief for business owners and ushering in a new era of education for some of the most over-looked segments of the American population.

“The Trump administration will be the best friend small business ever had,” Pence said, a line that quickly earned a standing ovation from the audience.

“And we’re just getting started, I can promise you that,” Pence added.

It was a message of strong support that the collection of business owners had been waiting to hear all morning. Gathered in a hotel conference room in downtown Washington DC, the group consisted of entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the Hispanic community. The event, hosted by The Latino Coalition, bore the name “Make Small Business Great Again Policy Summit,” a nod to Donald Trump’s famed slogan that Pence said made the president “very, very pleased.”

Front and the center of the event was health care, specifically the roll-out of the House GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan, the American Health Care Act, which Pence said will “end the Obamacare nightmare once and for all.”

“Everywhere I go, small business owners are telling me that Obamacare is placing a weight on them that grows with each and every years,” Pence said. “They felt for the longest time that there was nothing they could do. Now they know there is something we can do, and President Trump is determined to work with this Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with something that actually works.”

For small business owners, especially Latino small business owners, health care reform is not just a politicized wedge issue; it’s a matter of survival. Latinos make up the fastest-growing segment of entrepreneurs in the nation, increasing by 47 percent in just the past decade to more than 3.3 million businesses in the United States today.

And because Millenials are starting small businesses at the lowest rates in 25 years, Latinos must be there to pick up the slack. It’s just difficult to do that, Pence agreed, when you’re bogged down by health care costs.

“The way you lower those costs is not by growing government, it’s by increasing competition,” Pence said. “That’s why we’re going to work with each and every one of you to keep the American Dream alive. We’re going to renew it. We’re going to make it better than it’s ever been before.”

“We’ve got our work cut out for us,” Pence concluded, “but I’m confident America’s best days are yet to come. Now let’s get to work.”

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