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 Nation editor: Reaction by most of the media to Trump-Putin press conference 'is like mob violence' Lewandowski: Trump-Putin meeting advances goal of world peace Rand Paul to travel to Russia after downplaying election meddling 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 CollinsSenate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (R-Maine) saying they will not vote for the bill, Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash House passes bipartisan bill to boost business investment 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 McCainPence, Pompeo urged Trump to clarify Russia remarks: report GOP lawmaker renews call for Trump to release tax returns after Putin summit House conservatives criticize media, not Trump, for Putin furor MORE (R-Ariz.) announced he would be recovering from a medical procedure in Arizona.