Trump Picks Obamacare Foe Congressman Tom Price For HHS Head

Trump Picks Obamacare Foe Congressman Tom Price For HHS Head

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You may or may not like some of Trump’s other picks and potential picks (such as Romney for State, which I think would be a great pick), but this one is outstanding

(Washington Post) President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), a fierce critic of the Affordable Care Act and a proponent of overhauling the nation’s entitlement programs, to lead the department of Health and Human Services, a person briefed on the decision confirmed Monday night.

An announcement of Trump’s selection of Price, a third-generation doctor who chairs the House Budget Committee and became a fervent champion of Trump’s candidacy, is expected to be made as early as Tuesday.

As HHS secretary, Price would be the nation’s top health official and the incoming administration’s point person for dismantling the sprawling 2010 health-care law, which Trump promised during his campaign to start dismantling on his first day in the Oval Office. The 62-year-old lawmaker, who represents a wealthy suburban Atlanta district, has played a leading role in the Republican opposition to the law and has helped draft several comprehensive bills to replace it. The GOP-led House has voted five dozen times to eliminate all or part of the ACA but has never had a chance of accomplishing its goal as long as President Obama has been in the White House.

Price has a very detailed plan, HR2300, Empowering Patients First Act. I like the part about him being from a wealthy suburb. Does the WP write the same thing about Nancy Pelosi and others?

Price has not had executive experience or run an agency. HHS is a sprawling department with a $1 trillion budget. Its Medicare and Medicaid programs affect the lives of more than 100 million Americans young and old. It regulates the nation’s food and drugs. Through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it runs public health programs that reach into every state and around the globe. It is an engine of biomedical research through the National Institutes of Health.

Suddenly, not having executive experience is a Bad Thing. Obama didn’t have any. Nor did Hillary Clinton. Nor many of Obama’s picks. But, in the Era of Trump, this is once again a bad thing.

Vox’s Excitable Sarah Cliff says that Price is exactly the person you pick if you want to dismantle Obamacare

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Health and Human Services Secretary, already has a plan for how to abolish Obamacare.

The Washington Post reported late Monday that Trump intends to announce Price, who currently serves as House Budget Chair, to lead the federal agency overseeing Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act.

Price will arrive with at HHS with a clear blueprint for what comes next: he is the author of the Empowering Patients First Act, one of the most thorough and detailed proposals to repeal and replace Obamacare. He’s the HHS Secretary you’d pick if you were dead serious about dismantling the law.

Unsurprisingly, Cliff attempts to paint the legislation in the worst possible light. Of course, in Liberal World, anything that doesn’t create a single payer system, or at least a “public option”, to replace the failed Obamacare system is evil in their minds. What will Price’s legislation do?

“The Empowering Patients First Act puts patients, families and doctors in charge by focusing on the principles of affordability, accessibility, quality, innovation, choices and responsiveness. Those principles form the foundation of the solutions in H.R. 2300 – solutions including individual health pools and expanded health savings accounts, tax credits for the purchase of coverage and lawsuit abuse reforms to reduce the costly practice of defensive medicine. The solutions in the Empowering Patients First Act will get Washington out of the way while protecting and strengthening the doctor-patient relationship.”

That whole empowering citizens and limiting government thing is obviously 180 degrees against what Liberals want.

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