Karen Handel has said Tom Price is the best person in the country for this job but after only a few months in Congress he’s already proposed legislation that makes life harder — and more expensive — for older, sicker Americans.
Tom Price was interviewed on Fox and Friends about Trump’s alternative to the Affordable Care Act. He was specifically asked by one of the show’s hosts if older and sicker people could end up paying up to five times more than young, healthy Americans, to which he replied, “Well, it’s pricing for what individuals’ health status is,” he said. “That is important to appreciate. Somebody’s going to pay for health coverage for the American people and the question is, how do you do that?”
If Handel believes Tom Price is the best person in the country for this job, does she also believe that “somebody’s got to pay” for health coverage? Does she believe that older, sicker Americans should pay five times the rate younger Americans pay?
The Washington Post fact-checked Tom Price’s interview on CNN’s State of the Union on May 7th, awarding him “Four Pinocchios” (their rating for the highest level of misleading content) for his performance as well as his explanation of Obamacare and Trump’s alternative.
His most misleading statements were about Medicare spending. From the Washington Post: “Price flatly stated that Medicaid spending will go up year after year in the budget, but that’s false. It actually declines in raw dollars after the switch in funding is implemented.”
They concluded, “We wavered between Three and Four Pinocchios but ultimately tipped toward Four. When you are reducing spending by more than $800 billion over 10 years, you can’t pretend you are boosting spending ‘every single year.’”
Karen Handel thinks the best person to run our nation’s Health and Human Services Department is someone who wants to charge older, sicker Americans more money and who is purposefully misleading about his plans. Do you agree?