Chuck Todd to HHS Sec. Tom Price: ‘It’s Pretty Clear a Full Repeal Can’t Be Done’ Right Now
Following the Senate’s failure to pass “skinny repeal” last week, Chuck Todd asked Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on Meet the Press today about the premise that Obamacare repeal efforts are now over:
“Do you accept that the attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act as we know it are dead and now your job and the job of Republicans is to make this system work better?”
“Well, no, I don’t accept the premise,” Price responded, “because we don’t have a health care system. We’ve got about five health care systems.”
He reiterated that the current system is “imploding” and failing and both he and President Trump want to implement “a system that actually works for patients.”
Todd followed up, “Look, you were an elected official. You know how politics works. You know how to count votes. You know where the votes are. It’s pretty clear a full repeal can’t be done. It’s pretty clear somehow rescinding the Medicaid expansion that the support is not there. So what’s realistic? What do you ask Congress to do now?”
Price said members of Congress should be talking to people who are suffering under the current system, but Todd called him out for not being more specific.
Todd also pressed him on Trump’s tweet about how “BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!” and on whether he feels his job is “to implement the Affordable Care Act as it was meant to be.”
Watch the full interview above, via NBC.
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