The Politex Report #1194

YOU ARE WHO YOU PICK: KILLING 50 YEARS OF HEALTH PROTECTIONS

"Mr. Price has introduced legislation to repeal Mr. Obama's health law, including its expansion of Medicaid and subsidies for the purchase of private insurance. He advocates tax credits to help people buy insurance, greater use of individual health savings accounts and state-run "high-risk pools" for people with pre-existing conditions who might otherwise have difficulty finding affordable coverage.

As a member of the House Budget Committee, and then its chairman, he has supported proposals to shift Medicare away from its open-ended commitment to pay for medical services and toward a fixed government contribution for each beneficiary, which could be used for either private insurance or traditional Medicare. Such proposals could increase costs for some beneficiaries or limit the amount of care they receive, health policy experts say.

Mr. Price has also backed turning Medicaid into block grants to state governments. Critics say that states would probably respond by restricting eligibility, cutting Medicaid benefits or reducing payments to health care providers.

In leading efforts to repeal the president's health law, he is pursuing a goal in opposition to the policies of the A.M.A. In a 2010 letter to congressional leaders, Dr. J. James Rohack, who was then president of the A.M.A., said the law took "an important step toward improving the health of the American people," by "extending coverage to the vast majority of the uninsured" and "improving competition and choice in the insurance marketplace...

...Price has supported efforts to restrict abortion and cut off federal funds for Planned Parenthood clinics."

--Trump's Health Sec. Pick Leaves Nation's Doctors Divided Between Medical Elite and Working Doctors and Nurses. NYT https://t.co/NsinfanqwZ

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NYT ED: Price, Radical Choice for Health, intent on systematically weakening, demolishing, health care safety net. https://t.co/o7O9m3AY7K

Trump's death panel: The president-elect already violated health care promises by appointing Tom Price https://t.co/lFLj7aKMiM

Tom Price Is Eager to Lead H.H.S., and Reduce Its Clout - The New York Times https://t.co/kZSuJBDqxK

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Trump's health secretary pick favors the rich, not the sick, experts argue https://t.co/tfMMQ1JiHt and https://t.co/5cGxxNFYfw

Trump's Health Sec. Pick Leaves Nation's Doctors Divided Between Medical Elite and Working Doctors and Nurses. NYT https://t.co/NsinfanqwZ

Trump's Health Secretary Pick Invested in Health Stocks While Writing Health Laws in Congress https://t.co/wTrzyOfIjU

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Should Read: Voting Record on 18 Bills: Antigay bigot and Obamacare foe is Trump's choice for health secretary / LGBTQ Nation https://t.co/9MO17rB4Fu

Hospitals in Safety Net for the Poor Brace for Health Care Law's Repeal. NYT https://t.co/dO7TSuaD3j

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Tom Price, H.H.S. Nominee, Drafted Remake of Health Law: A free-market approach, with fewer consumer protections . https://t.co/hQGtKmKle4

With Obamacare on Trump's Chopping Block, Researchers Fear for Health Data https://t.co/pBcxZpUSeL

Trump's budget director pick: "Do we really need government-funded research at all" https://t.co/8qbi6VzijK

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Donald Trump's Health Secretary Pick Endangers Women. NYT https://t.co/lYMGWInU5P

Texas says abortions increase the risk of cancer and mental illness. That's not true. https://t.co/VK7btH4T2m

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Quiet War on Medicaid: Trump's choice for health sec., made proposals to deeply cut Medicaid through block grants to states. https://t.co/XJUdrf467z

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HHS Nominee Tom Price Wanted Lawmakers To Study Fiscal Impact Before Passing Gay Rights Laws | Right Wing Watch https://t.co/ZBgH6pv5AK

Trump's Pick for Health Secretary Is Anti-Gay, Anti-Trans, Anti-Abortion, Anti-Obamacare, Etc., Etc., Etc. | Out Mag https://t.co/KTGyduCXIz

H.I.V. Cases Surpass a Million in Russia, but Little Is Done by Putin Government. https://t.co/9pI4RBYKv2

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A Letter to Donald Trump About Health Care: Do not support Republican magical thinking. (He has.) NYT https://t.co/NslYG65KB8

Trump's death panel: The president-elect already violated health care promises by appointing Tom Price https://t.co/lFLj7aKMiM

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