Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price promised on Sunday that “nobody will be worse off” under the Republican plan to place President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.
On NBC’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd asked Price how he could call the Affordable Care Act a “failing system” if millions of people were being covered under the law.
“Can you say for certain that once this bill is passed that nobody will be worse off financially when it comes to paying for health care?” Todd asked.
“There are a lot of people worse off right now,” Price insisted, opining on the cost of premiums under Obamacare.
“I notice you ducked the aspect of whether you can guarantee that nobody will be worse off financially,” Todd pressed.
“I firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially in the process that we’re going through,” Price replied. “Understanding that they’ll have choices that they can select the kind of coverage that they want for themselves.”
“There’s costs that needs to come down, and we believe that we’re going to be able to do that through this new system,” he added. “There’s coverage that’s going to go up.”
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There should be universal ‘dismay and disgust’ at Roger Stone’s actions: Judge Amy Berman Jackson
Judge Amy Berman Jackson delivered quite the lecture to Trump ally Roger Stone during his sentencing hearing on Thursday.
Shortly before sentencing the longtime right-wing dirty trickster, Jackson delivered a blistering condemnation of Stone's efforts to lie to investigators and intimidate witnesses, all to cover up the truth about his efforts to make contact with WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential election.
"The defendant lied about a matter of great national and international significance," she said. "This is not campaign hijinks. This is not just Roger being Roger."
She also expressed astonishment that anyone would be calling for Stone to be pardoned despite being convicted on seven counts that included perjury, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice. She also said that Stone's assault on the truth was "a threat to our most fundamental institutions, to the very foundation of our democracy."
Democrats back out hunting for votes after bruising debate
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"Worst debate performance in history!" crowed President Donald Trump of the former New York mayor's first debate appearance since joining the race in November.
Bloomberg, who has surged in the polls behind hundreds of millions of dollars of spending on television, radio and online ads, was the target of unrelenting attacks all night from the other five candidates on the Las Vegas stage.
Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison
Donald Trump's longtime aide Roger Stone was sentenced Thursday in a case that has caused a stir in Washington following meddling by the US president and his attorney general.
Stone received a sentence of 40 months in prison.
Stone, one of the Republican leader's allies and "oldest friends," was convicted in November of lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to cheat in the 2016 election.
Just 10 days ago, four US prosecutors asked a judge to sentence the former political consultant to between seven and nine years in jail. Trump chimed in via his favorite method of communication -- Twitter -- to denounce what he called a "miscarriage of justice."