Price: Insurers' opposition to GOP health bill 'perplexing'

Price: Insurers' opposition to GOP health bill 'perplexing'
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Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price said Sunday that “it’s really perplexing” that insurance companies are opposing the new GOP healthcare bill.

In an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl pointed out that several of the country’s largest insurers called an amendment to the bill from conservative Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave amid probe into social media posts Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week MORE (R-Texas) “unworkable in any form."

“It’s really perplexing, especially from the insurance companies, because all they have to do is dust off how they did business before ObamaCare,” Price responded. “A single risk pool, which is what they’re objecting to, is exactly the kind of process that has been utilized for decades.”

Cruz's amendment would allow insurance providers to sell plans that do not adhere to ObamaCare regulations as long as they sell one plan that does meet the requirements.

Price said that the new GOP bill to replace the Affordable Care Act “isn’t the entire plan,” but is “a significant and an important and integral part of the plan.”

The HHS secretary said his department is currently addressing the rules and regulations of the Affordable Care Act and asking, “Does this help patients, or does this harm patients?”

“Where the answer is wrong,” Price added, “we’re going to move it in a much better direction.”

--This report was updated at 1:49 a.m.