Tom Price steps up as one of TrumpCare’s top salesmen

Under the bright studio lights and a red, white and blue set, moderators and audience members at a recent CNN town hall event took turns grilling Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price about the way the GOP health care bill treats the sick, the vulnerable and the elderly.

Questions oscillated from the personal to the emotional to the fiscal.

A since-recovered cancer patient spoke of how Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion saved his life and prevented financial ruin. “Why do you want to take away my Medicaid expansion?” Brian Kline asked.

A Planned Parenthood supporter pressed Price on his stance related to the woman’s health care provider given its role of treating the poor. And co-host Wolf Blitzer also pushed the former Georgia congressman on the bill’s estimated $880 billion cut to Medicaid.

“Thank goodness that things are going well from your health care standpoint,” Price told Kline. “I practiced medicine over 20 years and took care of a lot of patients with cancer. And it was one of those challenges that, when it faces you as an individual or someone in your family, you want to make certain that you’ve got access to the highest quality care that you can receive.”

Price’s town hall performance offers a glimpse into why the former orthopedic surgeon landed the job he did in the Trump administration. It also provides clues about how the deeply private man from Roswell will use his new role to remake a sector that drives one-sixth of the economy.


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Joanne Ward Lutes
Joanne Ward Lutes

Robin Middlebrooks, I see you are simply a blogger with a lot of time on your hands.

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

So many voters wanted pie-in-the-sky and they foolishly thought Trump would bring it to them. And let's not forget that the media sold Trump like a great, essential product that voters needed. And Clinton was treated like what Trump really is: a lying, untrustworthy, out to make money, piece of evil.

Mike Woods
Mike Woods

It's easy to talk about when you know you or your family will never be part of it.

Tracy Martin
Tracy Martin

He's a businessman first and last, and he and his wife own surgical instrument company. They wanna keep making money hand over fist.

Ellen L Wright
Ellen L Wright

Either give the American public the same coverage as Congress OR give Congress the same coverage as the American people. One or the other-don't care which, but do it.

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cqo96590

 As Martha responded I am impressed that someone able to get paid $5044 in one month on the computer .

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Marion Baker
Marion Baker

Here is a idea , repeal Oblundercare and back it up about 10 years . I had Great Affordable Healthcare then !

Marie Coalson
Marie Coalson

He is a crooked pig , who made money inside trading and pushing drugs through,that he had bought stocks in. Of course Trump loves him,he's a criminal.

Jackie Lovett
Jackie Lovett

Call your senators and demand they vote against anything but improving. Your district representative too. #Flipthe6th

Laura Thomas Brown
Laura Thomas Brown

I am disturbed at the story on the news tonight about a policy for a 64 yr old making $26k a year would cost $13k. What a travesty.

Chris Wright
Chris Wright

"People will not be dying on the streets" Donald once told Cruz. This bill does just the opposite kicking people off. IT will affect the rust belt, the rural areas older people. You know, the same people that helped him win. I guess this is how you make America great again. Who knew?

Marie Coalson
Marie Coalson

Over half of the voters knew. Why can't the other half let it go ? Everyone makes mistakes. They can help us hang him now.

Marie Coalson
Marie Coalson

Over half of the voters knew. Why can't the other half let it go ? Everyone makes mistakes. They can help now.

Matthew Pociask
Matthew Pociask

Didn't realize we complimented shameless liars nowadays.

Stephen Chabot
Stephen Chabot

I want full repeal. Any thing short of that I will not support.

Marion Baker
Marion Baker

Kinda like Oblundercare , right Madeleine Ramirez !

Madeleine Ramirez
Madeleine Ramirez

They don't care about what you have to say. Don't you get it??? You don't count!!! It's not up to you to support. It's going to be forced on us whether we like it or not!!! What makes you so special that they have to go through you for approval???

Stephen Chabot
Stephen Chabot

Madeleine Ramirez I vote. I'm one of the many that put them in office, and that makes me one of the many that can kick them out. Its not just me, but if I don't speak up. Then I become one of the problems We have to care and we have to tell them what we think.

Ed Helton
Ed Helton

Rump is trying to twist arms in congress to sell it today. It's his

Ed Helton
Ed Helton

Have you checked out trumpcare? Good deal money money-less coverage. Smart. In the end, I doubt you really care. You are probability are not having to purchase either.

Hank Quinn
Hank Quinn

I always thought he looked like the head of a municipal water department in the 1930s.

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

Oh, it's TrumpCare. No takesies backsies because it sucks, Bill.

Sally Williams
Sally Williams

So because you think Obamacare sucks GOPcare is awesome by default?

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Here is an idea. Give the American people the same insurance coverage as congress.

Stephen Chabot
Stephen Chabot

force congress to have to use the same health care they force on us.

Bill Shields
Bill Shields

It isn't trumps plan. It' was written by Congress.

Kathryn Atha
Kathryn Atha

He owns it!! He is selling it and threatening House members who don't want to vote for it with Twitter war. It is definitely TrumpCare!!

Bill Shields
Bill Shields

No he doesn't "own it". Research oh ignorant one. He said Congress will negotiate it and be different upon passing.

Daniel Eason
Daniel Eason

They made changes to it over the last few days. It's even worse.

Bill Shields
Bill Shields

It won't pass as written. Probably won't even come up for a vote. Conservatives like me want it killed, Obamacare full repeal first

Daniel Eason
Daniel Eason

Right now, Bill, your GOP is the dog that caught the car.

Daniel Eason
Daniel Eason

Bill, it matters not whether the congressional Republicans and Trump pass a new health care act. They are going to anger their base if they do, and if they don't. They are going to anger the teaparty if they don't, and millions of the teaparty who are relying on Obamacare if they do. They are already angering moderate Republicans and independents by threatening the lives of millions of Americans. When the dog catches the car, he's always frustrated by what to do next. And he's always got that scared look that says "oh, no! That wasn't supposed to happen!" Republicans aren't smart, but they're smart enough to know nothing they do, now, will be liked by the time 2018 rolls around. And doing nothing will be even worse for their self-preservation. They'd love to set up a plan that doesn't take effect until after the midterms, but they and Trump bragged they'd get er done already.

Bill Shields
Bill Shields

The AHCA won't pass. All your other ramblings are BS dreams of a loser.

Sally Williams
Sally Williams

Typical libs don't trust the fake news site breitbart any more than typical Trump supporters trust anything that isn't breitbart.