Monday, December 05, 2016

TRUMP NOT FILES - Tom Price vs 'Obamacare'

"Will Tom Price take a 'surgical approach' to revising Obamacare?" PBS NewsHour 11/29/2016

WARNING:  Price and the GOP will be using a meat cleaver for their 'surgical approach.'  You will be paying more or getting less.  Their plan (as always) puts money ahead of actually providing health care.  Their unmoral/unethical plan to just forget about those who NEED health care.


SUMMARY:  Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga) is an orthopedic surgeon and a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act.  He's also President-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services.  Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Sabrina Corlette of Georgetown University, Robert Moffit of The Heritage Foundation and Sarah Kliff of Vox about Price's background and how he might shape health care policy.

HARI SREENIVASAN (NewsHour):  As President-elect Trump's pick to lead the Health and Human Services Department, Congressman Tom Price would oversee programs as wide-ranging as Medicare and Medicaid.  But, first, he'd help lead efforts to carry out one of Mr. Trump's signature campaign pledges:  Repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

For more, we turn to Sarah Kliff.  She has written extensively on the topic for the Web site Vox.

What do we know about Congressman Price and the plans that he has already had in mind?

SARAH KLIFF, Vox:  So, he's a congressman who has spent a lot of time thinking about repeal and replace of Obamacare.  He's the author of a 242-page replacement plan for Obamacare.  He's the guy you would pick if you're quite serious about moving forward on Obamacare repeal.

HARI SREENIVASAN:  Republicans have tried to do repeal and replace before.  Even Speaker Ryan has a plan.  What do these plans have in common?

SARAH KLIFF:  So, they generally cover fewer people than Obamacare.  They would leave a few million people uninsured.  The exact number depends on the plan.  They're generally better for young, healthy people and worse for sick, older people.


SARAH KLIFF:  They have a lot less protections for people with preexisting conditions.

They make it possible for insurance companies to charge more to those who are sick.  That would be a really big change from Obamacare, which outlaws those provisions.

HARI SREENIVASAN:  And then what does the pick say of Seema Verma, who is going to run Medicare and Medicaid, say about this new team that he's putting in place?  She's worked on Medicaid expansion as a consultant for different states?

SARAH KLIFF:  She's incredibly experienced in Medicaid policy.

It suggests to me that the Trump administration is thinking about making some big changes to Medicaid, possibly adding premiums into the program, which serves low-income Americans.

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