On Sunday, Department of Health and Human Services Sec. Tom Price asserted that if Congress is unable to develop a replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration will do everything in its power to reverse the harmful features of the current health care system.
In an interview with ABC News host Martha Raddatz, Price contended that “the current system is imploding” and HHS possesses a “responsibility” to fix American health care under the mandates of the ACA.
“The responsibility of the department is to improve the health and the safety and the well-being of the American people, and we take that mission extremely seriously,” asserted Price. “Which is why we are so passionate about making certain that we’ve got a health care system, again, that works for patients.”
“So the ACA, Obamacare, had it stated 1,442 times — 1,442 times — ‘the [HHS] secretary shall,’ or ‘the secretary may.’ And what the previous administration did was made it so it was harder to care for patients and drove up the costs of coverage and drove up the costs of care,” he continued.
“We’re going to look at every single one of those rules and regulations, all 1,442 of them, and determine: Does it drive up costs? Does it drive down costs? Does it help patients? Does it hurt patients? And when it drives up costs and hurts patients, we’re going to move in the other direction,” Price noted while highlighting the fact that HHS may play a pivotal part in the reversal of much of the ACA.
First reported by The Blaze.