Healthcare

Trump Selects Obamacare Fearmonger for HHS

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price was one of the first congressmen to tell people Obamacare would kill granny and kick their dog, and Price has now been nominated to serve as the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Mr. Price, a 62-year-old former orthopedic surgeon, is one of several GOP physicians who sought to carve out a leading role in shaping the party’s health policy and, in particular, the party’s alternative vision to Democrats’ Affordable Care Act.

Much of his criticism of the law has centered on the authority it gives to the federal government, and to the agency that he may now head.

Price is also a proponent of privatizing Medicare which is certainly on the table now that Republicans will control both chambers of Congress and the White House.

Despot-elect Donald Trump told his supporters on the campaign trail that he would "protect Medicare," but privatizing it could very well be his idea of "protecting" it. That certainly seems to be the way Tom Price sees things.

  • muselet

    Old joke:

    What are the hardest three years of an orthopedic surgeon’s training? Second grade.

    Every time I start thinking that joke is pointlessly mean, someone like Tom Price comes along to prove me wrong. (It is, I freely admit, possible I’m wrong and Price isn’t actually stupid. It’s possible he simply thinks physicians and insurance companies should siphon off every dime of healthcare spending without a thought about patients, in which case he’s corrupt-adjacent.)

    –alopecia

  • ninjaf

    No one’s going to die from this, surely. What could go wrong?

  • Georgie

    I read on NPR that women could pay more than men for health care, look like this is going to get VERY interesting. Here is the link if interested: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/11/29/503713772/women-could-pay-more-than-men-for-health-care-under-trump