Price: 'Thin needle to thread' to get lawmakers to support healthcare bill

Price: 'Thin needle to thread' to get lawmakers to support healthcare bill
© Keren Carrion

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on Sunday said getting Republican senators to support the GOP healthcare legislation is “a thin needle to thread.” 

“It’s a thin needle to thread,” Price told “Fox News Sunday” when asked how the administration will garner support from both conservative and moderate senators, who have voiced various critiques of the new legislation. 

Senate Republicans last week unveiled their new plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Conservative lawmakers such as Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPressure mounts for Trump to reconsider Syria withdrawal House Republicans call for moving State of the Union to Senate chamber GOP rep: 'Rand Paul is giving the president bad advice' on Afghanistan and Syria MORE (R-Ky.) have expressed concern that the legislation does not repeal enough provisions in ObamaCare, while more moderate senators are worried over the new plan's cuts to programs such as Medicaid. 

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“If you talk to them, what they will tell you … is that we want to be able to support this bill,” Price said of the senators who have expressed concern over the bill.

Price added that the new plan will help more Americans choose the coverage they want.

“It’s significant reform. It’s a move in a much better direction because it’s a patient-centered move,” he said.