January 19, 2017

Whitehouse Statement on Price Hearing

Washington, DC – Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) questioned Congressman Tom Price (R-GA), President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services, at a nomination hearing held by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.  Whitehouse issued the following statement regarding Price’s testimony:

“Tom Price hasn’t been able to win Democratic support for any of his health care legislation and today confirmed that he and his allies have no plan that can win support from across the aisle or the millions of Americans who would be affected by tearing down the Affordable Care Act.  He conceded that he should not stop Americans under twenty-six from staying on their parents’ insurance, re-open the dreaded prescription drug doughnut hole for seniors, deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, and reinstate lifetime limits on care.  But he has no plan to make that happen.  

“Price also failed to reassure the Rhode Islanders I serve who rely on Medicare for their care.  He has fought to voucherize the program, which would gradually unload costs onto seniors while eroding their benefits.  He needed to tell the American people they could depend on him to faithfully administer Medicare and keep the sacred promise we’ve made to our seniors of a dignified retirement with access to good health care.  He did not.”

Video of Whitehouse’s questioning of Price is available here.


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