Republicans in the Senate are moving fast to try to push through President Donald Trump’s Cabinet appointments.
One of their priorities is Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), Trump’s nominee for secretary of health and human services. During his confirmation hearings, Price refused to say whether he’d oppose cuts to Medicare and Medicaid benefits. He also has been a vocal supporter of taking away health benefits from millions of people by repealing the Affordable Care Act and even opposes the idea of banning insurance companies from discriminating against patients with pre-existing conditions.
He’d be a disaster as HHS secretary. That’s why tens of thousands of people are calling their senators this week to demand they vote against his confirmation.
Price is the last person we need in charge of the department tasked with protecting the benefits more than 100 million people rely on every day.
Here are just some of the reasons why:
- He’s out of touch. With a net worth of $13.6 million, Price has wealth that is 263 times the median U.S. income. How can he possibly understand the needs of the people his department serves?
- He wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with his own plan. His plan would cut protections for people with serious illnesses, let insurance companies charge higher premiums for women, older people and workers based on their jobs, and eliminate the expansion of Medicaid.
- He wants to tax your workplace health benefits. Instead of taking on unjustified prescription drug prices and other medical costs, he wants you to pay income tax on more and more of the cost of your workplace health benefits and to encourage employers to stop providing health coverage.
- More than $300,000 in medical stocks were sold by Price at the same time he was pushing legislation that would affect the share prices of the companies he was dealing with.
- Price is interested in privatizing Medicare, which would take away benefits from millions of Americans.
- Combining his interest in privatizing Medicare, as well as suggestions that he supports doing the same with Social Security and Medicaid, Price seems to want a set of policies that would make life very challenging for seniors.
- Price wants to reverse the ACA’s ban on insurance companies discriminating against patients with pre-existing conditions.
Tens of thousands of people already have called their senators, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican senators are definitely feeling the pressure. But we can’t back down now.