Protests and policy clash over ACA future

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- With an early morning vote the senate confirmed President Trump’s pick, Georgia Congressman Tom Price to lead the Health and Human Services Department. But the lead up to this vote was filled with heated protest.

“I encourage them to continue to do that,” Rep. Tom Garrett (R-VA-5) said.

Some of those protests were outside newly elected Congressman Tom Garrett’s office. Demonstrators fear the dismantling of Obama-care, something Garrett voted to repeal. During the election he said he wanted to replace the health care plan with a more affordable, market-based system.

“We were very clear on where we were as it related to healthcare during the campaign, I ran TV ads about it. So I am going to continue to be who I said I was and do what I said I was going to do, but I encourage them to continue to exercise their voices and our democracy,” he added.

Also exercising their voices were the Democrats. Their opposition was the main reason why Secretary Price’s confirmation vote was delayed.

“Rhetoric is probably relevant in a political race but when you begin to legislate and develop policy, kicking 30 million people off of their health insurance is a dose of reality that Republicans are beginning to comprehend,” Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-1) said.

Butterfield joined the resistance on Capitol Hill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Something which he believes will leave more Americans uninsured.

“I dare the Republicans to take health insurance away from 30 million Americans, 5,000 of which live in North Carolina. I dare them to do that,” he said.

Republicans sid they want more of a free market plan- where consumers have the choice. Something they say HHS Secretary Tom Price is a champion of. Price has been vocal on his plans to undo the ACA. Now with his confirmation vote- his work, is just beginning.

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