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.”
“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 PaulSenate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken Rand Paul: 'Hatred for Trump' blocking research into ivermectin as COVID-19 treatment Masks and vaccines: What price freedom? 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 MurkowskiThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - DC prepares for Saturday of festivals & Jan. 6 demonstration Republican leaders misjudged Jan. 6 committee Trump endorses GOP challenger to Upton over impeachment vote 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 CollinsWelcome to ground zero of climate chaos A tale of two chambers: Trump's power holds in House, wanes in Senate Bipartisan blip: Infrastructure deal is last of its kind without systemic change MORE (R-Maine) saying they will not vote for the bill, Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLindsey Graham: Police need 'to take a firm line' with Sept. 18 rally attendees Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants CEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' 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 McCain20 years after 9/11, US foreign policy still struggles for balance What the chaos in Afghanistan can remind us about the importance of protecting democracy at home 'The View' plans series of conservative women as temporary McCain replacements MORE (R-Ariz.) announced he would be recovering from a medical procedure in Arizona.