In her first major speech in more than four years as the White House’s next dental commissioner, Anne-Marie Slaughter was in her element.
Slaughter, the former United States ambassador to the United Nations, spent much of the day fielding questions from reporters from around the country about the Affordable Care Act.
She said that the administration has been moving forward on a series of priorities, including an overhaul of Medicare, a move to help Americans avoid debt and how to prevent children from getting hooked on prescription drugs.
The speech also addressed the health care system’s challenges in a post-Obamacare world, as many Americans face a lack of insurance and a growing number of high-cost diseases, like heart disease and diabetes.
Among other things, the president will try to address the high costs of health insurance, particularly the high deductibles, by rolling back some of the ACA’s taxes, and by allowing states to use money they get from the ACA to subsidize insurance for their poorest residents.
Slaughter also said that she would push to get Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.
President Donald Trump, right, and Anne-Maria Slaughter at a signing ceremony for a health care bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on March 27, 2020.
Slaughts administration will also try to make health care more affordable, with her proposal to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour and give states the power to set their own minimum wages.
She said that raising the federal income tax rate for those making more than $1 million per year would help.
Slay also said she wants to move forward with a bill to overhaul the tax code.
“I think we can get to $20 trillion in debt.
That’s what I think we need to do,” Slaughter said.
That plan would create tax brackets for people making $200,000 a year and $500,000 and then double the standard deduction, which currently allows families to itemize deductions on their taxes.
Slash said she would also push for a major overhaul of the tax system.
“We’ve been having these discussions for a long time about reforming the tax base, getting the tax rate down,” she said.
“And the fact is, we’re going to have to lower taxes, lower the burden on middle-class families and lower the rate for businesses.”
Slaughter’s comments came on the heels of a bipartisan effort to pass legislation to overhaul America’s tax system, which would bring the top tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent, and lower rates for the wealthiest Americans and businesses.
The bill would also allow for an up-or-down vote on all tax changes.
In a speech Thursday night, the Republican-controlled Senate passed a version of the legislation that would eliminate taxes on interest, dividends and capital gains, while eliminating the estate tax, which the GOP says would raise $5 trillion over a decade.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement that the bill would give middle-income taxpayers more money to spend, while creating a tax system that’s “more fair to the middle class.”
The bill also would extend the payroll tax holiday, allowing workers to take time off and give businesses time to adjust to higher taxes.
In a statement, House Speaker Paul Ryan said the bill is an important step in the right direction.
“By giving families and small businesses the tools to be successful, this bill will help American families and businesses by reducing their taxes and increasing their economic growth,” he said.
Slack said Thursday that the tax bill would raise revenues for the federal government by $1.8 trillion over the next 10 years, and the bill will also provide relief to millions of Americans suffering from the opioid epidemic.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.