On Monday, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as Health and Human Services Secretary. Price is a staunch advocate of repealing and replacing Obamacare.
During a press conference on Tuesday, soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said of Price’s nomination, “I was just so disappointed to see the President-elect nominate Congressman Price to serve as the Secretary of Health and Human Services this morning.”
“Between this nomination of an avowed Medicare opponent and Republicans here in Washington threating to privatize Medicare, it’s clear that Washington Republicans are plotting a war on seniors next year,” Schumer added. “Every senior, every American should hear this loudly and clearly: Democrats will not let them win that fight.”
While taking questions from reporters Schumer claimed, “There ought to be bi-partisan support against a secretary who’s going to privatize Medicare and not fund Planned Parenthood.”
A reporter followed Schumer remarks by asking him if he thought Democrats could successfully block Price’s nomination.
“I think it’s possible,” Schumer replied.
A reporter later asked Schumer what he intended to direct the Democratic caucus to do with regards to Price’s nomination.
“Here’s what I’m directing our caucus to do or I urge my caucus to do: thorough, thorough vetting; very, very careful and strong questions; and my guess is the American people will urge Democrats and Republicans not to put in a nominee who has these views,” Schumer said.
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