Republicans' plans for repealing the Affordable Care Act quickly became a focus in the confirmation hearing for Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Rep. Tom Price (R-GA). Price waffled when he was questioned on Trump's comments earlier this month suggesting that the President was working on a replacement plan with the nominee.
"Is that true?" Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) asked.
"It's true that he said that, yes," Price said. Brown followed up by asking if Trump was lying when he told the public he was working with Price.
"I have had conversations with the president about healthcare, yes," Price said.
In his opening remarks, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, used Trump's own words to attack Price's proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act.
"The Price plan takes America back to the dark days when health care worked only for the health and the wealthy," Wyden said, according to his prepared opening remarks. "Congressman Price's other proposals don’t offer much hope that the damage will be undone. By the Trump rubric of 'insurance for everybody,' 'great health care … much less expensive and much better,' the congressman’s plans get a failing grade."
The Finance Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT), in his own opening remarks, offered a pre-buttal to this line of attack:
“I’ll simply say that virtually all the attempts I’ve witnessed to characterize Dr. Price's views as being ‘outside of the mainstream’ have been absurd, unless of course, the only ideas that are in the ‘mainstream’ are those that endorse the status quo on health care and our entitlement programs,” Hatch said, according to his prepared remarks.
Watch a livestream of the hearing below and this page will be updated with the latest from Price’s testimony:
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