Bit of a missed opportunity in yesterday's Finance Committee confirmation hearing: They spent four hours with Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price and couldn't get him to give a clear picture of how he'll implement President Trump's executive order to ease the Obamacare rules. But Price did give this pledge to Democratic Sen. Mark Warner: Until Obamacare is repealed and a replacement is ready, "Our commitment is to carry out the law of the land."
What it means: Warner had asked Price if he'd use the executive order to bypass Obamacare, and Price said he wouldn't. But there are a whole lot of shades of gray there. Price may not be able to get rid of the individual mandate by himself, but he can grant so many exemptions that the mandate dies a slow, painful, bloody death. And as the Kaiser Family Foundation's Larry Levitt told Caitlin Owens, that doesn't say a lot about how Price would actually implement the executive order: "The real question is what, within the law, these agencies will end up doing."
What we didn't hear: Any Republican going wobbly on Price, despite all of the ethics questions that have been thrown at him. Read Caitlin's highlights of the hearing here.