In an interview aired Sunday on NBC News’ “Meet The Press,” Price declared, “The fact of the matter is that he can do more than one thing at a time.”
“We have incredible challenges across this nation, incredible challenges around the world,” Price told host Chuck Todd about the president’s tweets attacking MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” hosts and CNN.
“The challenge I’ve been given is to address the healthcare issues, and … a program with the incredible history of ‘Meet The Press,’ that’s what you want to talk about?”
“The American people are concerned about a healthcare system that is not providing choices, premiums are going up, where the insurance companies are vacating markets across this land,” he added. “That’s what they want us to concentrate on and fix, and that’s what I and the president are working on.”
Asked whether Trump is “devoted to this as your are,” Price responded: “I think that he is, absolutely.”
Price also affirmed that the Trump administration remains supportive of efforts in Congress to negotiate a bill aimed at both repealing and replacing parts of the Affordable Care Act, rather than repealing the law first and trying to replace it afterward.
“We think that [Majority] Leader [Mitch] McConnell and his senators within the Senate are working to try to get this piece of legislation on track,” Price said. “Their conversations are ongoing as we speak so we look forward to hopefully them coming back after this 4th of July recess and getting the work done.”
Price also refuted analyses so far of the Senate proposal that show premiums won’t come down for older Americans with pre-existing conditions – and said HHS efforts are “turning back the tide of all of the rules and regulations that were put in place previously that decreased choices, that increased costs, all of those things.”
“If you look at it in its totality, and nobody is looking at it in its totality, we’ll bring down premiums, we’ll increase coverage, we’ll increase choice and I believe we’ll increase the quality of care for this nation,” he said.