Since the Congressional Budget Office’s extremely damning report on the GOP’s healthcare proposal came out just last night, Sean Spicer had to spend much of today’s White House press briefing talking about the apparent replacement for the Affordable Care Act.
Though Spicer brushed off the CBO report, which said 24 million could lose coverage, CNN’s Jim Acosta asked if he and the Donald Trump administration would still concede that there will be some coverage losses under the proposed new plan.
“Sure,” Spicer said, before telling Acosta to look at the “current situation,” where people are mandated to buy health insurance under the law but millions haven’t done it anyway. Spicer then said that under the GOP’s plan, “there is a higher likelihood that [Americans] will find something that they want at a price they can afford” among the options.
Acosta pushed back on that answer, so he and Spicer went back and forth a little bit as the press secretary insisted Trump wants every American insured. Watch above to see Spicer protest with statements like, “It’s not a talking point!” and “That’s not care!”
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