TRUCKING COSTS * USA: Reducing the burdens of the Affordable Care Act
* DC - Trump greets truckers in effort to rewrite health-care law
(President Donald Trump: I've forgot my CDL !!! and ... where h.... it's the ELD in this cart ... ??? - Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo / European Pressphoto Agency)
--- The industry group, American Trucking Associations, says the Affordable Care Act has saddled trucking companies with extra costs and burdens... President Donald Trump met with trucking executives and drivers at the White House, as he sought to rally support for the House Republican effort to replace the Affordable Care Act, which he said had “inflicted great pain on American truckers” ... Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence greeted members of the American Trucking Associations, an industry group that supports replacing the law, in a sun-splashed gathering alongside two colorful big rigs parked outside the White House... The ATA says the Affordable Care Act has saddled trucking companies, especially smaller firms, with extra costs, liabilities and administrative burdens. Replacing the law would lower insurance premiums and reduce those burdens... Truck driving is a dangerous profession. In 2015, 745 drivers of heavy trucks were killed on the job, the most of any single occupation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Drivers also contend with many health problems that result from spending long hours behind the wheel... Norita Taylor, a spokeswoman for the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, which represents smaller truckers, said health-care costs are just one of many expenses the group’s members face...
Washington, DC, USA - The WSJ, by JENNIFER SMITH - March 23, 2017