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U.S. health secretary: House health bill is just first step
March 7, 2017 / 3:41 PM / in 7 months

U.S. health secretary: House health bill is just first step

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price (R) listens to U.S. President Donald Trump speak during a meeting with health insurance company CEOs at the White House in Washington, U.S. February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is the first step of the Trump administration’s effort to revamp the nation’s health care system, U.S. Health Secretary Tom Price said on Tuesday.

Price, in a letter to the chairmen of two key House committees, said congressional rules prevented the proposed bill from including certain changes, such as allowing health insurance to be sold across state lines and lowering drug costs. More action would be needed, he added but gave no other detail.

Reporting by Tim Ahmann and Susan Heavey

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