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Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), the nominee for Health and Human Services secretary, would not say whether he would support financial cuts to Medicare or Medicaid, when pressed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) a hearing in front of a Senate committee Wednesday.

"What the question presumes is that money is the metric," Price said, after Warren had pointed to legislation he's introduced in the past proposing major cuts to the programs.

"In my belief, from a scientific standpoint, if patients are not receiving care, even though we're providing the resources, then it does not work for patients," Price said.

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Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) attempted to pin down Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), the nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, on how Republicans would measure success in their effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. Price first pointed to "cost," "access" and the "choices" for individuals, before saying "absolutely" that policymakers should try to increase the number of people on insurance.

"So from where we are today, if you look at the things that many of us believe have been harmed by the Affordable Care Act, I hope that we're able to turn that around and decrease the out-of-pocket cost for individuals, increase choices for individuals, increase access to the doctors and providers that the patients want, as opposed to what's happened over the past few years," Price said at his hearing Wednesday in front of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

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Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) struggled to say at a Senate committee hearing Wednesday whether he supported the position of President-elect Donald Trump, who has selected Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Service, that Medicare should be able to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies. Trump's support of allowing negotiations cuts against GOP orthodoxy on the issue.

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