HHS Secretary Tom Price praised the House plan to replace Obamacare by standing next to two stacks of paper in a news conference.
You can watch the video above. Price showed up at the White House press briefing to defend the Republican plan, indicating the Trump administration has thrown its weight behind it, even as conservative dissent grows.
“Notice how thick that is,” Price said of the 2009 Obamacare bill. “We are making certain that the process, the decisions that are going to be made, are not going to be made by the federal government. They are going to be made by patients and doctors.
Although sometimes boiled down as “Trumpcare,” the proposal is actually a House Republican plan to, as The Washington Times put it, “begin repealing and replacing Obamacare’s federal mandates with set of tax credits and market incentives to get people covered.” Price, named by Trump as health secretary, said in the news conference on March 7 that the House plan to replace Obamacare “aligns with the administration’s goal of ‘rescuing’ people from the struggling law,” according to The Washington Times.
ABC News reports that the GOP legislation “would limit future federal funding for Medicaid, which covers low-income people, about 1 in 5 Americans. And it would loosen rules that Obama’s law imposed for health plans directly purchased by individuals, while also scaling back insurance subsidies.”
Price also pledged that premium costs will come down.
In a letter, Price threw his support to what is being called the American Healthcare Act, which is the Republicans’ ACA replacement.
Price’s letter and press conference came as President Donald Trump tweeted about “our wonderful new Healthcare Bill” but some conservative opposition to it grew, according to ABC News. That opposition was led, in part, by the Club for Growth, a conservative organization, whose President David McIntosh called the plan a “warmed-over substitute for government-run health care,” reported ABC.
Rand Paul and other Republicans have also voiced opposition. Read more about the plan’s chances to pass here: