Congressman Tom Price of Georgia, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, couldn’t give a clear answer today during his confirmation hearing regarding how strenuously he would implement Trump’s executive order to pull back on the Affordable Care Act.
He also couldn’t promise that Americans wouldn’t lose health coverage in repealing the ACA.
Price, Trump’s pick to run Health and Human Services, dodged questions from lawmakers Tuesday about whether Trump’s order would force people from their current Obamacare coverage, despite promises from many Republicans they want to ensure the 20 million people insured through the law wouldn’t be hurt by efforts to replace it.
He also wouldn’t say whether HHS would wait until Congress readies a replacement plan before taking steps to dismantle the health care law. Price told the Senate Finance Committee, which will vote on his nomination, that he would promise to put “patients at the center of health care,” declining to tackle the questions directly.
And according to USA Today, Price answered practically every question with some version of, “Every single American will have access to coverage that is affordable.”
To be honest, I have access to buying a million dollar home, but I can’t afford one.