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Tom Price guarantees GOP won’t pull ‘rug out’ on health care


Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price defended the GOP health care plan Sunday from Republicans opposing the bill.


Price said “State of the Union” that Nevada Sen. Senior member Heller and Gov. Brian Sandoval may misconstrue the full goals of the gathering on human services and issued a broad promise to the country.


“What I’m telling you is the system, the plan that we would put in place, would not allow individuals to fall through the cracks,” Price told. “We would not pull the rug out from under anybody. We would not have individuals lose coverage that they want for themselves and their family. We want to make certain that health care is available to all Americans.”


Price reiterated the argument he has made for months, saying the bills under consideration in Congress are only one part of the GOP’s health care plan and that HHS will make a move on the organization side to bring down premiums – which Heller said the Senate’s recently uncovered bill wouldn’t do.


“I think there’s a misunderstanding about what the entire plan is,” Price said. “And the fact of the matter is, the bill is part of the plan, and then the kinds of things that we’re doing through the Department of Health and Human Services add on to that.”


Cost said he had talked with Heller and Sandoval to expound on his full vision for the proposed human services redesign.


“The plan in its entirety will bring premiums down,” Price said.


Cost over and again railed against Obamacare, and at one point in the meeting referred to the 28 million uninsured individuals under the existing law as problematic.

“Is that a plan that works for patients? Not,” Price said. “That’s the kind of thing we’re trying to fix.”


The Congressional Budget Office issued a report in May saying by 2026, 28 million individuals would be uninsured under Obamacare, and 51 million would be uninsured under the American Health Care Act, the bill House Republicans passed a month ago.


In a different meeting on a similar program, Ohio Gov. John Kasich safeguarded kindred Republicans Heller and Sandoval.


“Not only Heller, but Sandoval is a great governor,” Kasich said. “You know what he’s saying? ‘I’m worried about poor people.'”

Kasich said he opposed the Senate bill and called on Republicans to change it.

“I’m not saying just kill the bill,” Kasich said. “Let’s get something that’s going to work.”


He said the Senate bill “doesn’t even begin” to address the rising cost of health care.

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