VIDEO: Menendez Fights to Protect Health Care for NJ’s Most Vulnerable

VIDEO: Menendez Fights to Protect Health Care for NJ’s Most Vulnerable

President Trump’s HHS nominee refuses to call Medicaid a ‘right’ during Menendez questioning at confirmation hearing

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, today questioned Secretary of Health & Human Services-designee Tom Price during his confirmation hearing about his support for gutting Medicaid and turning it into a block-grant program to states.

Sen. Menendez underscored that, by block-granting Medicaid, health care for millions of Americans would be put in jeopardy.  The senator honed in on whether Rep. Price (R-Ga.) believed Medicaid was an individual right, because by refusing to acknowledge as such, Rep. Price signaled that he would be open to stripping low-income individuals, seniors and people with disabilities of their health care coverage.      

More than a half-million New Jerseyans—11 million nationwide—attained healthcare coverage just through the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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