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HHS secretary pledges to implement 'law-of-the-land' Obamacare

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says Obamacare is harming the American people, but it’s his “responsibility” to “follow the law of the land.”

Chuck Todd, who hosts NBC’s “Meet the Press,” questioned Price on Sunday about whether he would implement Obamacare and encourage people to enroll now that the Senate defeated a proposal to repeal and replace the health-care law.

“Our job is to follow the law of the land and we take that mission very, very seriously,” Price said. “The role of the Health and Human Services Department is to improve the health, the safety and the well being of the American people. And what we understand, what the American people understand is that their health and wellbeing is being harmed right now by the current law.”

“Our goal is to put in place, as well as the president’s goal, is to put in place a law, a system, that actually works for patients. You can’t do that under the current structure,” Price continued.

Administration officials have said the president remains focused on passing a health care bill through Congress, despite the Senate currently short of votes. Right now, Price said the administration is encouraging lawmakers to talk with their constituents about how the Affordable Care Act is hurting them.

“Talk to the families that are making $50,000 dollars a year and have an insurance card through Obamacare but they don’t have any care because they can’t afford the deductible,” he said. “This is a system that is, that is imploding and has failed the American people. That’s where the president’s passion comes from.”

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