Florida Senator Bill Nelson slammed Tim Price, President Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services nominee, saying that Price’s idea about Medicare vouchers and eligibility would have a negative effect on senior citizens.
He explained that the Medicare voucher system that Price supports would see an increase in out-of-pocket costs in their medical bills, and Senator Nelson also disagrees with Price’s support of raising the eligibility age to 67, which Nelson says would break promises to people already paying into the system.
With this being said, Senator Nelson has vowed to vote against Tim Price.
In a senate floor speech on Thursday, Senator Bill Nelson said that “Our country deserves an HHS secretary who will uphold those promises, not inflict deep cuts that alter the financial security Medicare provides Americans in their later years. And so for these reasons and others, sometime in this next 11 and a half hours when we vote, I’m going to vote no on this nominee. There’s too much at stake for our seniors to give this nominee the control over these programs.”
In addition to voting no for Price, Nelson has also voted no against Betsy DeVos for secretary of Education, Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo for CIA Director and Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. However, Nelson did vote yes for James Mattis for secretary of Defense, Nikki Haley for UN Ambassador, John Kelly for for secretary of homeland security, Wilbur Ross for secretary of commerce and Elaine Chao for secretary of transportation.
President Trump’s cabinet is still not in place.
It is a disgrace that my full Cabinet is still not in place, the longest such delay in the history of our country. Obstruction by Democrats!
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