President Trump won't let Obamacare 'implode,' Health Secretary Tom Price says

Tom Price said the president won't let Obamacare 'implode.'

"That’s why he keeps coming back to this and saying, 'Look, Senate, do your job. Congress, do your job. You said for seven years that you’re -- that you were going to repeal and replace Obamacare. Now get to work and get it done.'"

Raddatz asked Price, "This week, he said he was going to let it implode. Is that what he’s going to do?"

“No,” the health secretary said.

“I think, again, the fact -- that punctuates the concern that he has about getting this moved in the right direction," he said.

In January, President Trump signed an executive order which would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to waive the individual mandate, a signature part of the Affordable Care Act that requires all Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.

This mandate is one of the least popular pieces of the health care law, but insurers have stressed it is necessary to keep the individual insurance market stable.

Asked by Raddatz if elimination of the individual mandate is still an option, Price said, "All things are on the table to try to help patients."

"What we’re trying to do is to make it so we have a health care system that responds to the needs of the American people," he said.

"And when the federal government gets in the way of responding to those needs, allowing the American people to actually provide coverage and care for themselves across this land, then it’s incumbent upon us as policymakers, and as individuals charged with responsibility in leading, to put in a place a system that actually works for the American people," Price said.