Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE
Tom Price M.D. is an Atlanta orthopedic surgeon who had practice orthopedic surgery in a group at Emory University Medical School and who had been active in the Georgia medical Association.
“Thomas Edmunds "Tom" Price (born October 8, 1954). He is an American physician and Republican politician who is currently the 23rd United States Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price was the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 6th congressional district, encompassing the northern suburbs of Atlanta from 2005 until his resignation in 2017. Price served as chairman of the House Budget Committeeand had previously served as chairman of the Republican Study Committee and the Republican Policy Committee”
Dr. Price is a patient/physician advocate. All the secondary stakeholders such as insurers, the government establishment, hospital systems, and pharmaceutical companies are terrified of him.
The Democrats are terrified of him because they are afraid he is going to take the evolving government control of healthcare away from the government and try to put it back in the patients’ hands.
The American public had not heard much about Dr. Price from the mainstream media. The mainstream media’s message to the public is he had a hard time getting confirmed by the Senate.
He really should not have had a hard time getting confirmed by the Senate. The Senate Democrats made it look as if there was something wrong with his nomination.
His confirmation should have been a slam-dunk. He was eventually confirmed.
Dr. Price is a strong, gentle, quite man. I think he has mostly figured out how to repair the healthcare system.
There are several soft spots in his previously passed bill. It didn’t matter then because President Obama vetoed it.
Hopefully these have been fixed. I noticed malpractice reform is a big part of his present blue print. Plaintiff attorneys are terrified. Tort reform is finally is on the agenda.
I hope President Trump listens to him. The Republican establishment seems very timid for some reason. Perhaps it is afraid of failure.
It is trying to generate doubt about the wisdom of his replacement bill for Obamacare with the following statements that the public doesn’t understand.
1. The health insurance industry claims that Dr. Tom Price is going to assault narrow networks.
2. He will force reimbursement tied to outcomes and related value-based models.
3. He wants doctors in control of the healthcare system
4. He wants tort reform.
5. He wants doctors paid from insurers with fewer hurdles and less barriers.
The healthcare insurance companies are terrified of the abbreviated blueprint. The blueprint represents a threat to the healthcare insurance industry’s power over the healthcare system in both the government and the private insurance sectors.
The mainstream media is babbling about a lack of harmony in the Republican Party. In the next few weeks we are going to hear how disorganized the Republicans in congress are.
Democrats claim the Republicans do not have anything better than Obamacare. They are starting to make up stories about what the Republicans do or do not have. Everything is designed to make the public nervous about President Trump and his administration. These stories are parroted by the Democrat’s ally, the mainstream media.
Meanwhile, the Democrats, the mainstream media, and the public do not know what will be in the replacement act after Obamacare is repealed.
President Trump. Paul Ryan and Tom Price know if all the details are released now most of it would be attacked out of context by the mainstream media.
The Democrats’ goal would be to make the public uncertain about the Republican replacement bill. The Democratic ally, the mainstream media, is all ready spreading the misinformation about the replacement without knowing what is in it.
I even saw a poll published in the mainstream media that said more people like Obamacare than don’t like it.
This is a fake poll. It does not represent the sentiment of the majority of the people.
The political chicanery on the part of the Democrats and the biased mainstream media can be overwhelming.
I do not think the political chicanery is going to overwhelm the public, President Trump or Paul Ryan. I believe they have figured out the Democrats and the media.
Some Republicans have a slightly different opinion on how Obamacare should be replaced. Political action groups oppose some of the methodology being used to replace Obamacare.
“The groups—including Heritage Action, the Club for Growth and Freedom Partners, a super PAC funded by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch—are troubled by the notion of refundable tax credits to help consumers pay for health insurance, a central tenet of Mr. Ryan’s plan that President Donald Trump appeared to endorse in his address to Congress last week.”
“They also are deeply opposed to a commitment to temporarily maintain an expanded form of Medicaid, as numerous GOP governors are demanding.”
Paul Ryan is trying to transition out of Obamacare so that the 11 million new Medicaid patients and the 9 million Obamacare patients do not lose their insurance as the new Republican plan is put in place. Someone does not understand the word temporary.
Several in congress want immediate repeal and replacement. I believe this will give the Democrats more fuel for the fire to subvert anything Republicans are trying to accomplish.
“Reps. Mark Walker (R., N.C.), chair of the Republican Study Committee, and Rep. Mark Meadows (R., N.C.), chair of the Freedom Caucus, both announced their opposition to the Republican leadership’s plans last week. Each of those groups includes dozens of conservative lawmakers, meaning if either bloc votes against Mr. Ryan’s plan, it almost certainly wouldn’t pass.
“To the extent that they’re doing something else with this plan other than full repeal, the concerns that conservatives in the House are expressing are completely valid,” said Michael Needham, chief executive of Heritage Action.”
It is important to remember that190 million Americans and their families receive healthcare insurance from their employers. Obamacare has negatively affected employers. The increases in costs, access, deductibles and coverage provided by employers have negatively impacted employees.
Both are demanding relief. These people, at town hall meetings, have made it clear to the Republican congressmen and Senators not to slow down Paul Ryan and President Trump. They want relief and they want it fast.
I believe President Trump will help Paul Ryan get a bill through congress that will provide relief for the entire population.
Hopefully, they have included some of my suggestions.
I am certain that Republicans will work out their differences before they present the bill to the people and the congress.
It the meantime I would suggest that Republics and Democrats keep the noise of the demagoguery down.
The United States of America desperately needs a financially sustainable healthcare system that will provide everyone with access to affordable healthcare.
We have seen that Obamacare is not that system.
The opinions expressed in the blog “Repairing The Healthcare System” is, mine and mine alone.
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