In an effort to shape the policies of the next administration, Real Clear Politics (RCP) is running a series that focuses on major policy ideas from the Left and the Right on topics like health care, trade, education, etc. Today, RCP posted an op-ed I wrote regarding Obamacare’s death spiral and the need for genuine health-care reform. RCP also published Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel’s take on making improvements to the law to avoid its repeal. Both pieces and counter responses from each other are included immediately below:

The Health-Care Reform We Need – Andy Puzder

The Next Healthcare Agenda – Ezekiel Emanuel, Emily Gudbranson

Emanuel & Gudbranson v. Puzder – Emanuel, Gudbranson, Puzder

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope you’ll encourage others to do the same.


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On Tuesday, I joined Fox Business Host Stuart Varney to discuss the global debt crisis and the restaurant recession impacting our industry. As I explained to Varney, the only way to reduce the $20 trillion we hold in debt is thru economic growth which Trump’s plan will generate. I also told Varney that without growth, you can’t employ people, raise wages and create paths to the middle class. In discussing the restaurant recession, I named three factors: 1) competition from grocery stores which keeps people at home 2) research showing that people are not likely to eat at Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) if their health insurance costs have gone up and 3) a lack of economic growth.

The segment in entitled, Andy Puzder: The choice is economic growth or continued debt.


To read the op-ed I co-wrote on this topic, please click here:

On Sunday, CNBC posted an op-ed former CEO of Nucor Dan DiMicco and I wrote in which we discuss why more than 100 business leaders support Donald Trump. As we pointed out in our piece, whoever wins the election will have to deal with a legacy of anemic economic growth. Trump is the only candidate who has a plan to reverse the trend. This is why we joined more than 100 other business people in a statement of support for his pro-growth economic plan. The op-ed is entitled: Here’s why 100 business leaders support Trump for president.

Yesterday, I did an interview on CNBC regarding the op-ed which you can access by clicking here:

The network also carved out this excerpt from the interview: Trump advisor says Clinton is like Nixon and his favored candidate is like JFK.


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Every election, famous actors take time out of their busy schedules to remind us about the importance of voting. They also tell us when and who to vote for. And, while these actors don’t have much in common with the worries and concerns of ordinary Americans, they expect people to implicitly trust their views. Fortunately, while reminding you that this year’s election takes place on November 8, this “Save the Day” video makes the point that your opinion matters more than any famous actor’s opinion when voting. If you agree, please share it.


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Yesterday, I joined Fox Business host Liz MacDonald to discuss the losses revealed in Trump’s tax returns. Liz kicked off the segment by saying the NYT is attacking Trump for doing what any other business with losses would have done. I confirmed that was on accurate take on the situation and told her that businesses like Facebook and Apple have done the same thing, too. I then pointed out that when the management team took over CKE, the company was almost bankrupt because it had sustained years of losses. As I explained to Liz, if CKE had been unable to offset future gains against those losses, the company might not be here. Because we’re still here, along with our franchisees, we now employ almost 80,000 employees. The tax code worked for us just like it did for Hillary Clinton and the NYT which used it to reduce their own tax liabilities. The segment is entitled: Trump’s tax return controversy blown ‘way out of proportion’.


Last month, The Steamboat Institute held its 8th Annual Freedom Conference & Festival and I had the opportunity to participate in a panel entitled, A Call to Unleash American Prosperity, featuring economist Steve Moore, author Amity Shlaes, and member of the WSJ editorial board Mary Kissel. During the nearly hour and a half discussion, we covered a number of different topics that Americans interested in a strong economy should find of interest. You can access video of our discussion by clicking on this link:


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Today, Real Clear Politics posted an op-ed I wrote following the first presidential debate which focuses on Hillary’s wrong-headed economic plan which doesn’t even contemplate economic growth and the great potential of Trump’s plan to generate economic growth. I start off by looking at the current economic situation which shows growth has been anemic since the end of the recession and I make the case that lack of investment due to taxation and overregulation have played a role in holding the economy back. I explain that Hillary’s big government policies will only make things worse. And, I conclude that unlike Hillary, Trump has a plan to generate real economic growth, create jobs, open paths to the middle class and reduce income inequality. The op-ed is entitled: Government Can’t Do It.


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Today, the WSJ published an op-ed I wrote regarding the challenges restaurants face due to increasing government mandates aimed at addressing stagnating wages associated with anemic growth. In the op-ed, I discuss the latest challenge embodied in the Labor Department’s issuance of its new overtime rule which more than doubles the salary threshold for employees to $47,476 from $23,660. I also point out that the rule will result in higher labor costs which restaurants will mitigate by eliminating positions, reducing employee hours, accelerating automation and slowing expansion. The op-ed is entitled: The Touchscreen Will Take Your Order Now. If you’re on Twitter, I encourage you to check out the graph related to this op-ed that shows the unintended consequences of government regulation: Please consider re-tweeting it to your followers. The chart is worth a 1,000 words.


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This afternoon, I joined CNBC anchors Sara Eisen and Bill Griffeth during Closing Bell to discuss Trump and Clinton’s economic plans. Pro-Clinton renewable energy businessman David Crane and I were asked about the merits of each plan. I made it clear that Trump’s plan is better because it cuts taxes, eliminates regulations and unleashes the energy sector. I also added that Trump’s plan, along with 3.5 to 4 percent economic growth, will pay for infrastructure spending and military buildup. Weak growth won’t help us any. The problem is 1 percent doesn’t pay for anything, it doesn’t create jobs, it doesn’t lift Americans out of poverty; it leaves us right where we are which is in a terrible economic circumstance. The segment is entitled: Businessmen disagree on Trump, Clinton economic plans.


To view the segments associated with this interview, please scroll to the end of this post.

Earlier today, I joined Fox Business Host Stuart Varney and Steve Forbes during Varney and Co. to discuss the latest presidential poll numbers which show a dead heat race between Trump and Hillary. Varney asked my thoughts on what has led to the surge and I told him that Trump has done a good job with his recent speeches and that Hillary’s “deplorables” comment have hurt her more than people admit. Towards the end of the hour-long segment, Varney also asked me if slapping a 35% tax on cars made in Mexico to prevent companies from moving out of the U.S. was a good thing. I explained that Trump is using the tariff as a negotiation tool and that he is taking the kinds of positions that a businessman would in order to get a good deal. While the show is not available in its entirety, these two links will take you to the respective segments: