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Onus Is On Congress To Fix Or Repeal Law, Price Says Hinting At New Willingness To Keep ACA

Trump officials are moving beyond the longtime focus on repeal-and-replace only and signaling a willingness to fix aspects of the health law.

Los Angeles Times: Trump Administration Shifts Tone On Obamacare, Signals Openness To Bipartisan 'Fix'
The Trump administration, thwarted in several attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, notably shifted tone Wednesday, opening the door for a bipartisan plan to "fix" the law. ... "Both folks in the House and the Senate, on both sides of the aisle frankly, have said that Obamacare doesn't work, and it needs to be either repealed or fixed," Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said on the Fox News program “Fox & Friends.” "So the onus is on Congress," he said.Talk of fixing the law is new for most Republicans. Price and President Trump have long focused only on repealing or replacing it. (Bierman, 8/9)

The Hill: Trump Officials Confront New ObamaCare Reality
President Trump has threatened to cancel key ObamaCare payments to insurers as part of an effort to make the health law “implode.” But he is yet to follow through on that threat, leaving insurers in a state of anxious uncertainty. The next sign-up period for enrolling in ObamaCare begins Nov. 1. The Obama administration ran advertisements to encourage enrollment, but Trump officials have signaled that promotion effort might come to an end. (Sullivan, 8/10)

The Hill: Price Booed As He Throws Out First Pitch At Nationals Game 
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was booed as he threw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals Game on Wednesday. Price was reportedly met with boos and only a few cheers when he took the mound at Nationals Park to toss the ceremonial first pitch, according to multiple people at the ball park. (Thomsen, 8/9)

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