July 28, 2017

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss the GOP’s bill intended to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Trump administration’s attack against the LGBTQ community and the lack of women CEOs at Fortune 500 companies.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is: Former Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD); Patrice Onwuka, Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Voices; Rina Shah, Republican Strategist; Debra Carnahan, Former Judge and Federal Prosecutor

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The “Skinny Bill”

The GOP’s attempt to repeal Obamacare ended after the proposed “skinny bill” failed to garner enough votes.

  • Donna Edwards:“I think you’re going to see an unintended consequence, which is some bipartisanship to fix the problems that exist in the Affordable Care Act.”

  • Patrice Onwuka: “Even on the conservative side you have disagreements about how are you going to lower premiums. How are you going to ensure that Americans have access to the quality care they actually want? And so now to bring in Democrats, who we have yet to hear from their perspective. What are their solutions?”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “[Mike Pence] attacked [Sen. Murkowski]. Said it was all her fault and she deserted her party, and she deserted her country. She came back and put [on an] indefinite hold [on] his next six high level nominations to the interior department under the committee she controls. That was really a cowboy, cowgirl shootout. Did she win or did he win?”

  • Debra Carnahan: “They’ve [Republicans] already started talking to Democrats about a compromise and a new bill and trying to be more open and inclusive this time.”

  • Rina Shah: “I’m completely optimistic about bipartisanship in the face of this. As Sen. Mccain put it, now is the time to evoke that spirit of the senate and really do some good together.”


Trump and LGBT Issues

The Trump administration sparked outrage from LGBT groups by opposing employment protections and announcing plans to ban transgender soldiers.

  • Donna Edwards: “There was a Rand corporation study that actually said that there was no impact on, on readiness and ability to serve and so I think we should pay attention to real data.

  • Patrice Onwuka: “They polled people in the military and asked whether they think transgender servicemen and women would be harmful and 41% of them said they would be harmful to the readiness of their troops, only 12% said they wouldn’t.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “Putting [this ban] into law, is it going to set the country back in terms of societal attitudes towards [the] LGBTQ [community].”

  • Debra Carnahan: “I think the LGBTQ community is right to be up in arms about this [Trumps call for a ban on Transgender people in the military].”

  • Rina Shah: “It’s just unbelievable how people can make it seem ok for there to be 2nd class Americans. This is what this is to me. President Trump’s tweets were unpresidential.”

  • Kristin Beck: “The armed services, the intelligence community, every Fortune 500 company ... you want to bring in these young people. If you really want thouse young people, and the best, and the brightest, and make your company great or make America great, or make the military great, you better open your eyes up a little bit and look at what you're doing. You’re turning all those people off.”

  • Sarah McBride: “We know that the announcement by the Department of Justice with this amicus brief will not just be limited to employment protections, because we have already seen attacks on the rights of LGBTQ people under existing federal sex protections. In areas of education, for instance, when the Trump administration rescinded life-saving guidance promoting the protection of transgender students that had been issued a year before.”

Women CEOs

The New York Times’ Susan Chira’s op-ed shines light on the lack of female CEOs at Fortune 500 companies.

  • Donna Edwards: “My hope is that this younger generation of women really does perceive themselves from the outset as belonging in that C-Suite.”

  • Patrice Onwuka: “Entrepreneurship is hot, having a side hustle is hot among our generation because we recognize the workforce of today is not what the workforce of tomorrow is going to look like.”

  • Bonnie Erbe:  “What I took from Susan Chira is managing relationships with men in the workplace... dealing with blatant sexism.”

  • Debra Carnahan: “Look at the president's own son when he was talking out sexual harassment in the workplace and said ‘if a woman gets sexually harassed she can just move and go to another job.’”

  • Rina Shah: “The thought process is still out there that if you’re a young mother like me you have other obligations and you may not be well equipped to be a leader.”

  • Susan Chira: “Women should simply be aware, more aware, of the obstacles that they will encounter so that they can school themselves to approach [the workforce] in whatever way suits their personality.”


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