Accrording to CNN, Georgia Representative Tom Price will serve as President-elect Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Price has been a vociferous detractor of Obamacare ever since the Affordable Health Care Act was passed. As a former practicing orthopedic surgeon who is currently the chairman of the House Budget Committee, Price has a wealth of experience both in the medical realm and in finding creative ways to rework expensive government programs.
On May 13, Price introduced the Empowering Patients First Act, a program that fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with solutions centered around a “Patient First” objective.
The Empowering Patients First Act focuses on incentives for American citizens to make use of Health Savings Accounts and limits tax exclusion on company-based plans at $20,000 for families. It also allows insurance companies to provide coverage across state lines — an allowance President-elect promoted as a desired adjustment to the existing AFA plan throughout his presidential campaign.
From the Empowering Patients First Act:
“Under Obamacare, the American people are paying more for health care and getting less – less access, less quality, and fewer choices. The status quo and its defenders are empowering Washington and harming patients and doctors. With real, patient-centered reforms we can build a more innovative and responsive health care system – one that empowers patients and ensures they and their doctor have the freedom to make health care decisions without bureaucratic interference or influence.”
“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.”