- The Washington Times - Friday, May 5, 2017

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Friday that House Republicans health care bill is just a “first step” in the health care reform process.

“It’s an important first step in this legislative process. This is the first step in winning the reform of health care the reform of Obamacare,” Mr. Price said on Fox News.

Mr. Price also addressed the criticism that the plan did not receive a score from the Congressional Budget Office prior to the vote.

“The score has been made by CBO,” he said. “The Congressional Budget Office is just looking at a narrow sliver of this plan.”

The CBO score on the last Republican health care plan predicted that 24 million people would lose insurance and mainly those with pre-existing conditions. The score was part of the reason many Republicans were reluctant to support the plan and why it did not go to a vote.

Mr. Price said it’s now up to the Senate to continue the debate, saying they will take the “construct of the House bill” and amend it to Senate rules so they can have a debate.

“Senators have to engage,” he said. “I would encourage every single senator to engage in this process.”


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