In a statement released ahead of Women’s Health Week, President Trump renewed calls for paid family leave after blasting the “current health system,” colloquially known as Obamacare, for failing American women.
“Under the current healthcare system, however, the lack of choice in health insurance and in healthcare providers, along with skyrocketing premium[s] and out-of-pocket costs, are failing our citizens, our families, and, in particular, our women.”
INBOX: Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Women’s Health Week pic.twitter.com/JxcQqZwVsU— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 14, 2017
Women deserve “better options,” writes Trump.
“I am committed to working with Congress to help mothers — and fathers — have paid family leave so that childcare is accessible and affordable…” the president added, renewing his campaign pledge to push (the Republican-led) Congress to support paid family leave.
The letter’s central message, policy prescriptions, and tone all point to first daughter Ivanka Trump, a de facto administration official who has been whispering in her father’s ear about family leave since he first decided to run for the presidency.
As The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro reported last September: “Ivanka was reportedly the motivating force behind this new program. Yes, Ivanka, who wasn’t registered as a Republican in time to vote for her dad in the New York primaries. Yes, Ivanka, who hobnobs with Chelsea Clinton and David Geffen.”
Shapiro continued, slamming the proposed policy as an anti-business, forceful government mandate:
If you think that it’s rather atypical for a Republican nominee to suggest a massive new government mandate robbing businesses of their income, even though the free market already provides paid maternity for many women (and paternity leave for men), that’s because you’re just remember wrong. It’s all an illusion…
So now, presumably, businesses will be forced to cover – or taxpayers will – the cost of hiring a temp, a potential decrease in productivity, and the cost of the benefits. The unintended consequence of such laws: young women aren’t hired because businesses are afraid of covering such costs. Also, Trump proposes new income tax deductions for child-care expenses – which is truly just a redistributionist program on behalf of families and lower-income Americans.
Bottom line: Paid maternity leave, let alone paid family leave (paternity included) is not a conservative policy. It’s something that you’d expect from Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) or Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), not the Republican President of the United States.