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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, to deliver over million petition signatures demanding that President-elect Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "keep their hands off the American people's earned Medicare benefits."  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Bernie Sanders says Trump's HHS pick could move healthcare 'in the wrong direction'

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.), warned Tuesday that Rep. Tom Price's healthcare plan would move the U.S. "in exactly the wrong direction." 

"The legislation that is supported by Rep. Price, who is Mr. Trump’s nominee to be head of HHS, would increase by 18 million the number of uninsured Americans the first year that his plan would be implemented," Sanders told reporters Tuesday after meeting with Price.

Sanders met with Price, (R-Ga.) a day before he is set to testify before members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which Sanders is a member of, for his confirmation hearing. 

Democrats are raising concerns about Price after a CNN report alleged he bought stock in a medical device days before introducing legislation that would benefit the company. 

Sanders did not directly comment on that report but said it would likely be brought up again at Price's confirmation hearing. 

Sanders' meeting with Price comes after Trump said over the weekend that his plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, would provide insurance for everybody.

Trump said his plan, which is all but finished, would also combat big pharma by forcing drug companies to negotiate with the government on prices for Medicaid and Medicare.

That's something Sanders said he and Trump could work together on. 


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