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White House press secretary Sean Spicer listens at left as Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price speaks during the White House press briefing, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Sean Spicer wants you to know the GOP health care bill is smaller than Obamacare

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Rewatch Sean Spicer's first briefing since the Republicans revealed their health care plan.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's first on-camera briefing in a week was dominated by the Republican Party's new health care plan, particularly its size.

Spicer, alongside Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, defended the bill. Price called it a "partnership" between states and the federal government that was focused on "patients."

Spicer also said the Affordable Care Act an "overcomplicated bill" that created a "system that's not working for people."

White House press secretary Sean Spicer listens at left as Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price speaks during the White House press briefing, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
White House press secretary Sean Spicer listens at left as Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price speaks during the White House press briefing, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Spicer and Price repeatedly pointed to the size of the GOP plan and the Obamacare bill. Spicer said the former was only 66 pages, plus 57 to repeal Obamacare, compared to nearly 1,000 pages for its predecessor.

Spicer said the bill's reduced size should assuage conservative fears.

But some were confused by Spicer's comments about not reading the ACA's full text.

Price addressed the recent controversy over Rep. Jason Chaffetz's (R-UT) claim that Americans may have to choose between "that new iPhone" and healthcare under the new plan.

"What's happening now is the American people are having to sacrifice," Price said, insisting the new plan would reduce costs. 

Both Price and Spicer rejected the label of "Trumpcare." Price said he preferred to call the new system "patient care." The bill's official name is the American Health Care Act.

The non-Obamacare issues

Spicer repeatedly deflected questions about President Trump's unfounded accusations that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, but he said he hadn't seen evidence to support them. He also declined comment on WikiLeaks' recent leaks.


He also addressed Trump's tweet that incorrectly attributed the release of 122 prisoners from Guantanamo Bay that have now rejoined terrorist groups to Obama, saying "obviously" Trump referred to the totality of prisoner releases.

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