Trump’s Superb Choice for HHS Secretary

November 30, 2016

 
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Trump picked a pro-life physician. Orthopedic surgeon Congressman Tom Price, M.D. will be the new Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. He’s been a member of the U.S. House for 12 years, where he chairs the House Budget Committee and a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, including its Subcommittee on Health.
 
I know Congressman Price. We've met several times.
 
Price opposes Obamacare and is the only member of Congress to write a detailed “repeal and replace” bill, H.R. 2300. Using just 56 words, the 243-page “Empowering Patients First Act of 2015” repeals every word of Obamacare. Repeal could be a one-page bill.
 
But then there’s the 239-pages of replacement. There’s freedom in the bill, but there are also federal controls, particularly regarding coverage. Some call these provisions "Obamacare Lite." We don’t need another federal plan. Any replacement legislation should do everything possible to shift control over health care back to the States.
 
Importantly, NPR reports, “Price has said he’s not wedded to his own ideas and is open to compromise, so the final proposal to replace Obamacare is likely to be a hybrid of his ideas and those hammered out with other Republican House members…”
 
In his own press release Price states, “I am humbled by the incredible challenges that lay ahead and enthusiastic for the opportunity to be a part of solving them on behalf of the American People. There is much work to be done to ensure we have a health care system that works for patients, families, and doctors; that leads the world in the cure and prevention of illness; and that is based on sensible rules to protect the well-being of the country while embracing its innovative spirit.”
 
Dr. Price is a great choice for HHS Secretary, so I’m excited to see what we can do to restore patient and doctor freedom, and hopeful that Obamacare is repealed outright, without waiting to get agreement on a replacement bill.
 
You must also push for repeal – Congress must write, vote on and send a bill to the President – and make sure power and dollars come back to the states where it belongs under the 10th Amendment. Keep their feet to the fire.
 
As I said in CCHF's press release: “The only way to restore long-term affordability, simplicity and privacy to patients and doctors is to return to a free-market of interference-free indemnity insurance, direct payments between patients and doctors, and limited third-party involvement.”
 
Feeling freedom in the air,
 
Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder