Health Secretary Price: More people will be covered under GOP bill than are currently covered

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said on Sunday that more people would be covered under Senate Republicans’ ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill than are currently covered.

The Republican healthcare legislation covers a "hole" for people who fall into a mid-income bracket that the previous legislation did not, Price said. He noted the bill gives low-income individuals tax credits.

“One of the interesting things that is in this bill that wasn’t in previous iterations is the opportunity to make sure that those folks that actually fell into a gap below 100 percent of the poverty level, but above where a state might allow individuals on the Medicaid system," Price told Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”

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“This bill provides for coverage for those individuals through the tax credit process, and that’s something that’s new. That’s also one of the reasons we believe we’re going to cover more individuals than are currently covered,” he continued.

“The goal is to get every single American covered and have access to the kind of coverage they want,” Price said.

The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) assessment of the bill in June, however, estimated the plan would leave 22 million more people uninsured.

The White House has urged Americans to give little weight to the CBO score. 

Despite Price’s goal, the bill is viewed unfavorably by various GOP senators, almost all of whom are needed to support the legislation in order to get it passed.

Conservative Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia GOP leader blocks resolution backing intelligence community on Russia Rand Paul blocks Sanders's Russia resolution, calls it 'crazy hatred' against Trump MORE (R-Ky.) said he is against giving low-income Americans refundable tax credits to buy health insurance. Paul said he would vote against the bill.

Centrist Republicans, such as Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 MORE (Alaska), on the other hand, have expressed concerns about the bill due to its deep cuts to Medicaid.

The bill would not fully phase out extra federal funding for Medicaid expansion under ObamaCare by 2024. However, sources have said some states would end their Medicaid expansion before 2024 if the Senate bill becomes law.

With Paul and Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report — Russia furor grips Washington Overnight Health Care: Novartis pulls back on drug price hikes | House Dems launch Medicare for All caucus | Trump officials pushing ahead on Medicaid work requirements Senate panel to vote next week on banning 'gag clauses' in pharmacy contracts MORE (R-Maine) saying they will not vote for the bill, Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSunk judicial pick spills over into Supreme Court fight Hillicon Valley: Trump's Russia moves demoralize his team | Congress drops effort to block ZTE deal | Rosenstein warns of foreign influence threat | AT&T's latest 5G plans On The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal MORE (R-Ky.) cannot afford to lose one more vote in his conference, assuming all Democrats vote against the legislation, according to The Hill's Whip List. 

McConnell was forced to delay next week's vote on the bill after Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainObama, Bush veterans dismiss Trump-Putin interpreter subpoena Controversial Trump judicial nominee withdraws Trump vows to hold second meeting with Putin MORE (R-Ariz.) announced he would be recovering from a medical procedure in Arizona.