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good Sunday morning everybody I’m Maria Bartiromo thanks for joining us welcome to Sunday morning futures the next two weeks are critical for a health care vote and today new developments Senator John McCain undergoes surgery forcing Republican leadership to delay the vote on its revamped health bill this week we which make it easier or harder to get passed in the next two to three weeks health secretary dr. Tom price will join me ahead once there now learning that at least eight people attended the meeting with Donald Trump jr. and a Russia lawyer who were they what could this means in the administration I’ll talk the president Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski about that plus some extreme Republican lawmakers demanding investigations into whether former FBI director Jim Comey broke the law by putting classified information in memos he then leaked to the press a former US attorney who once worked with Thome but comment is here we’re looking ahead right now on Sunday morning future [Music] Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announcing he will delay consideration of the Republican health care bill while Arizona Senator John McCain recovers from surgery doctors are advising McCain to stay at his home in Arizona this upcoming week after removing a blood clot above his left eye on Friday joining me right now is the Secretary of Health and Human Services dr. Tom price such price good to see you thanks so much for joining us good to be with you again thank you so much your reaction to this new setback well our thoughts and prayers go out to Senator McCain and to his family that never was there a fighter like John McCain so I have great confidence that he would come through this with flying colors but we wish him the very very best and and I respect the senator mcconnell’s decision to delay any vote on this for the at least a week I want to ask you what your thoughts are on the bill in its current form right now and certainly from the patient’s perspective you are just back from the National Governors Association meeting the annual meeting there where you spoke with a number of Governors what did they have to say about this new idea this latest installment in the bill to give more power to the states well what their concerns are obviously and what our concerns are is to make certain that every single American has access to the kind of coverage that they want for themselves and for their families and the bill has changed significantly so that that we believe that there is significant opportunity for that goal to be accomplished the governors want flexibility they want to make certain that variable to design their Medicaid program as they see fit for their population but they also want to make certain that the resources are there to be able to cover that vulnerable population and one of the interesting things that’s in this bill that wasn’t in previous iterations is the opportunity to make certain that those folks that actually fell into a gap below 100% of the poverty level but above where a state might put allow individuals on the Medicaid system that hole was not covered before this bill provides for coverage for those individuals through the tax credit process and that’s something that’s new that also is one of the reasons that we believe we’re going to be able to cover more individuals on this bill then are currently covered I know that’s counterintuitive the folks that have been reading other headlines but the goal is to get every single American covered and have access to the kind of coverage that they want well you’re right I mean what with the CBO scoring basically suggesting that more than 20 million people get get pushed off of getting insurance people are saying well how is that possible but the truth is is that would be a choice right because in this scenario when the Senators will remove all of the taxes and fees for not having insurance people may choose to just not take the insurance because they know they won’t get fine for it so it’s not actually just getting cut off but it’s more that people will choose not to have insurance that is a very important point oh it is an important point it’s also CBO’s opinion the fact of the matter is that individuals who choose not to have the kind of coverage that CBO and the previous administration thought was the only kind of coverage that individuals ought to have if they select something else for example if they select an HSA a health savings account with a high deductible catastrophic plan that doesn’t count in CBO’s formula so CBO doesn’t even capture those individuals who say to the federal government I don’t want the plan that you think I need I want the plan that I know I need for myself and for my family so those numbers are so flawed in terms of what actually happens in the real world when people act for themselves in an appropriate way and get that kind of coverage that they want you know it’s pretty incredible when you look at the health care system in America versus elsewhere you know all you have to really do is what’s taking a do is look at what’s taking place overseas with Charlie guard the the European Court of Human Rights effectively handing guard a death sentence on June 27th when it ruled determining ill be terminally ill babies should be pulled off of life support his parents obviously want to see if there’s some experimental way to keep him alive by taking to the United States but when you look at what’s going on there that is a perfect example of how government will tell you what’s best for you and your family versus having all options on the table yeah Maria this is so incredibly important my previous life I’ve was a physician I was an orthopedic surgeon said for 20 years taking care of patients and oftentimes the most irritated and angry I ever saw patients is when they knew that somebody else was making a decision about what kind of treatment they could get I would recommend something their insurance company or the federal government or the state governments would say no we can’t do that or we won’t allow that and that’s that’s not the way the system ought to work the real question that we ought to be asking is who decides who ought to decide what kind of care what kind of coverage what kind of opportunity you may have should it be the federal government or should it be you and your family and we come down on the line of you and your family and we should point out that the president actually tweeted out we would love to help baby charlie guard Britain’s High Court apparently will hear the case on Monday in light of new claims of evidence from the vatican’s Children Hospital that may be there further treatment is unjustified however maybe not so we’ll be watching that story but it’s such an important example to point out that’s the place I want to ask you about the pushback on this health care bill because the truth is is you can give us a really good perspective in terms of what’s in this bill and does it address the big issues that are important to patients today when you consider the fact that two of the nation’s largest health insurance groups sends a letter to leader McConnell on Friday criticizing the inclusion of a conservative provision in the revised GOP health care bill this is the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association joining health insurance plans the nation’s largest health care lobbying group in slamming this revised GOP health care bill saying that their criticism on the consumer freedom option which allows insurance providers to offer less comprehensive cheaper plans that do not meet the Obamacare requirements as long as they offer at least one Obamacare compliance option what’s your take on this I know you had a lot of conversations about this when you were with the governors as well we did indeed and it gets again to that question of who decides who decides what constitutes appropriate coverage should it be the federal government should it be insurance companies or should it be patients we believe it ought to be patients and I’m really it models the mind to see the insurance companies objecting to the opportunity to be able to have people real people and across this country select the kind of coverage that they want instead of what the government forces them to buy and this in fact the kind of risk pooling mechanism that has been used for decades this is nothing new the fact that the federal government came in eight years ago seven years ago and said this is what you have to purchase that’s what we’re trying to get away from because when the government says this is what you have to purchase of necessity it is it doesn’t include or may include more than you want or doesn’t include what you want so what we want is patients and families and doctors to be making these decisions not the federal government not insurance companies the system that we have right now may work for insurance companies may work for the federal government but it’s not working for patients and that’s where the key is what do you worry that there are still things in this bill that were some of the big problematic issues that were in the Affordable Care Act like the two taxes that the Senators say they’re going to keep you in there the investment tax three point eight percent as well as the payroll tax do you worry that this is Obamacare light and Senator Rand Paul has said no a big big because I know that but Obamacare included was a penalty for individuals if they didn’t purchase coverage in fact six point five million Americans across this country paid over three billion dollars for the right not to purchase what the federal government told them they had to have I worry about the current system that makes it so that 40% of the counties only have one choice in terms of an insurance coverage policy for them that’s Obamacare and that’s what we’re going to get away from and again the governor’s told us what they needed was flexibility that’s what the bill provides and it’s this we really sincerely believe that this is an opportunity to move in the direction of a better health care plan a better health care system that we currently have for twenty million individuals across this country currently don’t have coverage we want more individuals covered not fewer yeah do you think they’re going to be able to get this done back to price well I do because because the the Senators know that what’s out there right now isn’t working in terms of the Medicaid system you’ve got a third of the physicians in this country who often be caring for Medicaid patients who aren’t that’s not because they’ve forgotten how to take care of those patients because of the system again that may work for government may work for insurance but it’s not working for patients so what what the Senators know is that in their state you talked about Nevada 14 of the 17 counties aren’t going to have a single insurance company providing coverage if this current system holds that’s not a system that works for the Nevada citizens and and the governor of Nevada knows that for other states where we’re seeing significant decreases in insurance companies providing coverage that doesn’t work for their citizens and so what they’re going to be telling their senators is you’ve got to make certain that you fix this that you make it so that we’ve got a system that works for patients and families and Doc’s alright we’ll be watching the developments so thanks so much for joining us this morning Thank You Maria have a great day and to you dr. price thank you we are also going to be speaking with Senator Lindsey Graham coming up in the program to find out what he says that insurance part of it is critical Plus why Senator Rand Paul is a no that’s all coming up in the program but just ahead call me as memos that the former FBI director break the law and leaked classified information at least June lawmakers say they’re going to find out you can follow me on twitter at maria bartiromo at sunday futures let us know what you’d like to hear from blood Commons he’s on the other side of this break as we look ahead right now on spending money future [Music] welcome back at least two Republican lawmakers are reportedly pushing for investigations into whether former FBI director James Comey broke the law and leaked classified information in his memos leaked to the press wash Jim Comey testified a few weeks ago under oath that at the direction of the United States Attorney General he the FBI director misled the American people when he called the Clinton investigation a matter we should be having hearings in the House Judiciary Committee on that very subject at the end some icky questions we learned this week that James Comey put classified information in some of these memos maybe that’s maybe there’s some reason why he found wasn’t going to prosecute Secretary Clinton because he was doing the same thing now the hill reported last week that more than half of commis memos about his meetings with President Trump contained classified information let’s bring in bud Cummings right now a former US attorney in Arkansas who worked with Comey and is now a partner at Avenue strategy starts good to see you again thanks so much for joining us morning Maria what do you think breaking the law here if he put classified information in the memos and leaked them then he broke the law at least technically I don’t want to get too far out on this because to be honest with you I’m skeptical of this story I really I think Jim Comey made a lot of unfortunate decisions starting with the Loretta Lynch plane trip and going forward but I have a little trouble believing that he did this without further proof yeah look I think that you know he obviously was dealt a tough hand his boss was very clear in terms of wanting to suppress this investigation she chose him to call it a matter and he did that I mean he did mislead the American people by calling it a matter no oh he did in any investigation she was interfering she created a massive appearance of impropriety by meeting with Bill Clinton and what Jim Comey did and I don’t think he intended to make a mistake but he made some unfortunate decisions to try to to cure all those things from his seat at the FBI and and it resulted in probably a justified termination and a change in FBI so do you think we will see an investigation here should we see an investigation and whether or not he did in fact break the law bypass that information onto the Prez and he admitted right there in the air yes I wanted to effect change she wanted a special prosecutor yes and I think that that was wrong it’s part of the this cascade of events has led us into all these investigations into an allegation that has no evidence underneath that this this idea of Russian collusion I think that’s real unfortunate I think somebody should look at the memos and it’s really a pretty quick determination they’re there they’re well trained to determining what classified information is and isn’t and somebody can take a look at that somebody should but I’m not ready to accuse Jim Comey of releasing classified information without evidence you know this whole story is about allegations of subversion and treason without regard for evidence and and that is if you look at Wikipedia the definition of McCarthyism so we really got a got to slow down and and try to to not put so much fire behind these these investigations where there’s really no evidence that a crime or something wrong has been committed meanwhile we continue to see leaks coming out of the White House let’s talk about that for a moment because Representative Ron de santis is that the House Oversight Committee is bringing in big names to investigate the leaks and and people want to know if Ben Rhodes is one of those people who has been questions of the former national security adviser to President Obama is he calling his all you know former colleagues who are currently working at the White House Obama holdouts and and leaking information is he helping to leak things what what do you think about the leaks coming out of the White House in the intelligence community how do you stop it well you know I think you do investigate that and I’d like to see a firmer hand at the White House and I think you have to do whatever you need to do to stop that because national security is in play and our and our credibility around the world the president’s made some wonderful successful trips around foreign nations lately and most recently France we’re doing good things in the Middle East we’re having successes there but can’t succeed if people are playing politics in every aspect of this and that serious business national security yeah but the point is is I mean it’s not stopping and it feels like there’s a real undermining going on from the intelligence community to this president that’s that’s correct and I think that that is happening and that should be investigated as opposed to rushing collusion which there’s no evidence of I think we ought to to look at the things that we know happen and try to find out why they happen and who caused them to happen you know and you can go back and look at a number of things that really haven’t been looked at very hard that we know happen but today we don’t know that any collusion happened in regard to the Russian interference in our election that’s absolutely right is there any is there anything I’m nervous for you in terms of this dawn during a meeting no not really I mean you know I sent with my partner’s we collectively probably have 150 200 years of political legal campaign experience and I don’t even think there’s a consensus about whether they should have taken the meeting although a lot of people say if they’d been more experienced they probably wouldn’t have taken the meeting but there’s nothing in the email that describes the meeting that says they’re going to hear about any illegally obtained evidence for all they knew they were going to find they were going to present them with legally obtained documents of some serious misdeeds of their opponent it’s part of a campaign you listen and and you move on but it really is a big nothing the meeting is nothing it’s kind of circular there’s nothing happened to the meeting they say oh we’re in the context of this Russian investigation you say well there’s no evidence of the Russian investigation is it well the meeting the main so you know I don’t know the American people really need to speak up and say cut our taxes secure our borders lower our health care costs and stop this non-linear diamond said on friday execute the agenda that america voted for in november but thank you so much for joining us this morning to you by cummings they’re so into the smoking gun or overblown as the fallout continues from donald trump’s unions emails we’ll talk with the president’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski other side of this break we’re looking ahead on Sunday morning futures right now welcome back we are now learning at least eight people were in the meeting with Donald Trump jr. at Trump Tower last year including a former Soviet intelligence officer lawmakers are now calling on the president’s son to testify in front of Congress about this but are his emails actually a smoking gun for collusion or is this all being blown out of proportion want to bring in Corey lewandowski’s president Trump’s former campaign manager Corey good to see you sir thanks so much for joining us good morning your reaction what my reaction is very simple how did how do these emails get out the team put them out Donald Trump jr. put all the emails out in full transparency to show everything that has taken place and so what we have right now is a story about nothing what we have in June of 2016 two full months before our own intelligence agencies notify the Obama administration that Russia may be potentially trying to impact the election is a friend a producer a personality who knew Donald Trump jr. said can you take a meeting with a friend of mine and he said yes that’s all this was the meeting was very short nothing came of it and now we’re moving on why did did Loretta Lynch approve a special visa for this woman to come to the country she was denied a visa just months earlier well because look clearly there was no concern from the Obama administration about any types of ties and don’t forget this woman is a russian-born individual who is a private attorney she she doesn’t work for the Russian government never was part of the Russian government during the meeting and it was very simple all of this information was disclosed by the individuals from the Trump team as required by law voluntarily on their forms so you know I don’t understand why we’re still talking about a meeting with a couple private citizens that’s been disclosed properly that had no information that came from it that lasted a few minutes and then they’ll follow up and then no coordination there’s been no collusion does they know cooperation and look let me just say this Maria let me be clear if the Russians were going to hack the u.s. election system the spies the great spies of Russia Vladimir Putin the former head of the KGB is he going to reach out to some television or movie producer or a talent put it in a public email system and then as many people as humanly possible to a meeting in Trump Tower give me a break this 810 people or whatever it is this is how the Russian government works I don’t think so I I only ask because the question about about the visa because even if you go to this woman’s Facebook page it looks like she’s more in the democrat camp than she is in the republican she’s got signs they’re free Melania you know anti-donald trump a commentary on her Facebook page so I mean the idea that she was trying to help Donald jr. but in fact she said all this negative stuff about his father is just a head scratcher there but but but let’s talk about whether or not this is going to be used as a piece of you know smoking gun for the left to bring Donald Trump jr. into testimony and and explain all of this I mean obviously when you’re in a campaign if somebody tells you I’ve got damaging information about your opponent you’re going to say okay yeah I’ll listen well not just that look you have to remember every person from the Trump team from Jared Kushner all the way down here so that they are willing to voluntarily go in and talk to the individuals who want to have a conversation whether that’s the House members the Senate members the special counsel whatever it is they’ve been open they’ve been honest they’ve been available that’s what the Democrats want to do is they want to try this in the court of public opinion because the members of the House Intelligence Committee Republicans and Democrats the members of the Senate Intelligence Committee Republicans and Democrats have all said there is no evidence of coordination collusion or cooperation but that’s nothing narrative that the Democrats want they have tried this in the court of public opinion and what their what the Trump team has said is will give you all the information they provide all the information and if there’s an investigation they’re going to cooperate so I don’t understand what the question is here yeah you know I’m wondering if the voters are going to hold the left accountable come 2018 when you’ve got the congressional races come to twenty twenty twenty when you’ve got another presidential election because the American people voted for an agenda and this entire first six months all we’ve talked about is potential collusion with Russia nonsense as Jamie Dimon told his shareholders the other day he’s sick and tired of the stupid stuff and yet the agenda is getting there and not going anywhere people want to see tax reform they want to see health care reform well they do but you have to remember since Donald Trump has been elected president the stock market is up 17% there’s four trillion dollars a new value because of his reduction of government burden and government regulations on the small businesses he’s going to get his tax reform plan done the largest tax cut in the history of our country it’s going to provide middle-class tax relief he’s going to make sure that health care is more affordable repeal and replace Obamacare build along the southern border these are the campaign promises that Donald Trump has campaigned on and look Maria nobody’s even talking about the fantastic trip he had as the commander-in-chief this week over in France honoring those individuals on Bastille Day it was an amazing trip he charmed the president of France they had a great relationship it’s amazing that nobody wants to talk about it doesn’t fit the less Meredith well it certainly seems like his foreign policy and these trips that he’s taking whether it be in Europe this past week or in the Mideast two weeks ago have been a real success if anything the foreign policy part of things has really been more successful than the domestic agenda so we’ll be watching both sides Cory saying hey that’s exactly right Cory good idea thanks so much cor Lewandowski joining us and we’ll take a break when we come back two GOP health care bill in jeopardy South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham says he has the best plan that snacks for the chocolate n about that and get his reaction to Rand Paul will explains to us why he was a know from the get-go we’re looking ahead right now on Sunday morning futures stay with us big week ahead Senate Republicans are releasing a new draft of their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act the revamped version keep some Obamacare taxes in place it adds funding for the poor as well as money to combat the opioid epidemic but senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy say that they have a better idea they’ve introduced an alternative plan aimed at winning bipartisan support Senator Lindsey Graham joins us right now to talk more about that senator it’s good to see you thanks so much for joining us good morning how do you think this plan go through your plan tell us what are important and why you think that will gain bipartisan support so that you can get this bill to the President’s desk there you go well all the money that we’re going to be spending in Washington we block branch of the states is pretty simple we leave the taxes in place except for the individual mandate in the employer mandate and the medical device tax which hurts innovation we take all that money and we send it back to the states until then you divide the plan for South Carolina and California if you want to go Obamacare routes you can if you want to do some difference you can but we’re gonna let the people closest to the patient decide how to spend the money and get this stuff out of Washington to me that makes a lot of sense give it to the governors and say can’t spit in our roads our bridges spend it on health care good luck yeah no I think that does make a lot of good sense but senator the fact is is you’ve got colleagues on the right Republicans rolling their eyes saying why are we leaving any taxes in place that are currently in the Affordable Care Act I want to play you a little clip of my interview with Senator Rand Paul and get your reaction to it because check Rand Paul basically says look I’m a no vote on this and the reason is is because it looks a lot like the Affordable Care Act here it is watch this

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