Republicans have been having tremendous difficulty selling their plan to repeal Obamacare, especially when they’re faced by cancer patients who are just alive due to Obamacare’s Medicaid growth.
At a CNN town hall, Donald Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price may have delivered the coldest reply so far to individuals confronting a potential death sentence when Obamacare is repealed, then proceeded to lie directly to the person’s face.
Price’s first question came from Brian Kline, a cancer survivor who claims the Medicaid expansion saved his life and saved him from medical bankruptcy. Kline asked Price why he would like to take away the Medicaid expansion upon which his life depends.
Price began by congratulating the man for surviving cancer, told him that once he is kicked off Medicaid, he could “move to a system that might be much more responsive” (to a cancer patient who makes $11.66 an hour), but finished up with a revealing and icy acknowledgement of the trade-off involved: