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Tom Price: Obamacare Status Quo is Untenable

The HHS Secretary said that Congress must find a solution to relieve the pressure on Americans.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price stressed on Fox News on Friday the need for congressional action on a repeal-and-replace of Obamacare because of the “untenable” health insurance situation.

Price detailed the daunting insurance numbers facing Americans under Obamacare:

We got an announcement yesterday that more insurers are leaving Nevada; that’s happening all across this nation. We have got over 30 percent of the counties that only have one insurance company offering a policy on the exchange; that’s not providing choices for folks. We’ve got premiums that are up, deductibles are up. More people, 6.5 million folks, are being taxed to have the privilege, the right, not to purchase coverage; $3 billion they are spending.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed a vote on the Senate’s repeal-and-replace bill after opposition was voiced from both conservatives and moderates. The Senate GOP caucus continues to work to find a solution.

Price remained optimistic in the face of this delay, emphasizing the consequences of inaction. “The status quo is unacceptable,” he said.