President-elect Donald Trump has chosen his Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary, Georgia Congressman Tom Price, a strong opponent of the failing 2,700-page behemoth legislation known as Obamacare, Obama’s signature legislature “achievement,” a law that Trump has promised to “repeal and replace.”
Price, an orthopedic surgeon by trade who has been a leader in introducing legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, like the “Empowering Patients First Act,” would be in charge of dismantling Obamacare which has resulted in an unnecessary skyrocketing of health insurance premiums, soaring deductibles, and millions of Americans losing both their existing coverage as well as their doctors because of the 2009 law rammed through with 100% Democrat support.
The NY Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and other news outlets reported Monday evening that the six-term congressman had been selected to serve as HHS secretary, according to sources in the Trump transition team.
“The fact of the matter is, the American people don’t want Washington in charge of health care,” Rep. Price said in a 2012 CBS interview. “ So we continue with our message and that is that we need to repeal this law in its entirety because its premise is that Washington knows best and then we need to move forward in an open, honest, deliberate manner and correct the challenges that are out there in the health care arena so that patients, families, and doctors are making medical decisions and nobody else.”
Fellow George Republican, Senator David Perdue praised the nomination of Tom Price in a statement:
“Tom is a fellow Georgian who understands that we need to stop Washington’s takeover of our health care system. As a doctor, he is seen as a leading voice on health care policy and has a common-sense plan to replace Obamacare that will lower costs and put patients in charge of their health care choices.”
I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Tom, and there is no doubt in my mind that he will do a fantastic job improving our nation’s health care system and the lives of all Americans.”
Tom Price is viewed as a strong conservative that is already familiar with the budgeting and policy intricacies. Price formerly served as chairman of the Republican Study Committee and in 2015, began serving as chairman of the House Budget Committee, a position he still holds.
Looking at Price’s voting record, which you can see here, indicates he’s a fairly conservative representative, and being a surgeon rather than a political crony, is definitely a positive for Americans. Price opposes abortion and has received high marks from the National Right to Life Committee and scores of zero from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
The New York Times quoted Chuck Schumer as saying – “Congressman Price has proven to be far out of the mainstream of what Americans want when it comes to Medicare, the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood. Nominating Congressman Price to be the HHS secretary is akin to asking the fox to guard the henhouse.”
Cecile Richards, the president of the Planned Parenthood, said that Mr. Price “poses a grave threat to women’s health” and that as health secretary he “could take women back decades.” If he had his way, she said, “millions of women could be cut off from Planned Parenthood’s preventive health services,” could lose access to free birth control under the Affordable Care Act and could again be charged more than men for the same health insurance. (that translates to ‘Price will work to cut off our funding’)
Sarah Kate Ellis, the chief executive of GLAAD said Mr. Price was “completely unfit” to be health secretary.
Those three opinions tell me that Price is most assuredly the right man for the job.