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WHAT THEY ARE SAYING – Ed Boards & Colleagues Know Tom Price Is Right Leader For HHS

Since his nomination was announced by President Trump, the outpouring of support for Tom Price to lead the Health & Human Services department has been overwhelming. A former physician with a plan to put families and doctors back in charge of their health care, Representative Price is more than qualified to take the reins of this agency and guide it in a new direction.

Here’s why major editorial boards and Dr. Price’s colleagues agree that he’s the right person to head HHS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Editorial: “Mr. Price’s nomination is a refreshing signal that such state control isn’t an inevitability or necessity, starting with replacing ObamaCare.”

  • “Unlike many of his colleagues, Mr. Price hasn’t dodged details and specifics. He proposed an alternative to ObamaCare during the 2009-10 debate and in the years since he’s put flesh on the bones, including with legislative language.”
  • “But sending Mr. Price over to HHS is one of Mr. Trump’s better personnel decisions.”

Investor’s Business Daily Editorial: “He will be ready on Day One to find a way to replace the 2010 health care law, which was passed by Democrats without a single Republican vote.”

  • “We’re sure of this because he’s already put forward a workable plan, the Empowering Patients First Act, that would vastly improve our nation’s health care system without nationalizing it — something that ObamaCare was designed to do eventually.”
  • “But for those who remain nervous about changing the ObamaCare status quo, remember: Price is a doctor. He knows how the system works.”
  • “So Congress will likely have to rely on the reconciliation process — a budgeting maneuver that cannot be filibustered — to really change ObamaCare. It can be done, and Price is the best man to do it. Not only is he a doctor, he’s also the current chairman of the House Budget Committee. He knows where all the levers and buttons are to make the congressional budget machinery work. For those worried about the quality of Trump’s nominees, Price should be very reassuring.”

The Washington Times’ Editorial: “Mr. Trump’s choice of a physician, Dr. Tom Price, to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a promising beginning.”

  • “It’s the common-sense approach to government that Americans expected when they elected the billionaire businessman to the presidency. An orthopedic surgeon and a Georgia congressman, Dr. Price combines knowledge of the healing arts with an experienced perspective on what’s wrong in Washington.”

The Washington Post’s Editoria: “He is qualified to serve in the Cabinet.”

  • “Mr. Price’s appointment should mark the beginning of a new national debate on health care. But the nomination itself does not warrant Senate opposition.” 

The Newnan Times Herald’s Editorial: “Tom Price is a solid choice to oversee health policy, and the changes he is likely to lead will be positive.”

“His commitment to service is genuine, and his wife Betty followed him into public service by winning elections herself in local government and currently in the legislature.”

“Since passage of Obamacare is undoubtedly the most sweeping federal legislation in our lifetime, it’s good to know that the person at the controls for its revision is a steady hand with a Georgia perspective who took the doctors’ Hippocratic oath to do no harm before he pledged allegiance to the Republican Party.”

The Augusta Chronicle’s Editorial: “Tom Price is superb choice for health secretary”

  • “Georgia Congressman Tom Price, a medical doctor, has been tapped to take over President Trump’s Health and Human Services Department – and to perform radical surgery on the nation’s ailing health care system. What an absolutely fabulous pick.”
  • “We know Tom Price, and we can tell you he is one of the finest people in Washington. Stately, learned, experienced and down to earth, Dr. Price is just the man for what ails us.”

United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “Dr. Tom Price will bring practical knowledge as a doctor and a legislator to an agency that needs it now more than ever.”

  • “Obamacare has failed the American people who have been let down by years of broken promises. Americans deserve better and Dr. Price is the right person to lead the charge.”

United States Senator Johnny Isakson: “Tom Price is a true leader in Congress and an exceptional choice to head up the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • “With his background as a practicing physician, Tom will bring real world experience and a single-minded focus on the needs of patients to this vital role.”
  • “I fully support his nomination and am confident that he will put the department back to work for the American people.”

United States Senator David Perdue: “Tom is a fellow Georgian who understands that we need to stop Washington’s takeover of our health care system.”

  • “As a doctor, he is seen as a leading voice on health care policy and has a common-sense plan to replace Obamacare that will lower costs and put patients in charge of their health care choices.”
  • “I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Tom, and there is no doubt in my mind that he will do a fantastic job improving our nation’s health care system and the lives of all Americans.”

United States Senator Shelley Moore Capito: “Congressman Tom Price is a physician, a respected member of the House of Representatives, and a leading voice in the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

  • “Having served together in the House for 10 years, I am confident he is the right person to lead the Department of Health and Human Services during this crucial time.”
  • “I look forward to working with Tom to ensure that Americans have access to a health care system that truly works.”

United States Senator Orrin Hatch: “Congressman Price has been selected for this crucial HHS post because of his experience as a respected physician and deep understanding of the health law and its flaws.”

United States Senator Bill Cassidy: “As a fellow physician, Dr. Price understands the problems of Obamacare and is committed to fulfilling the promise of repealing it.”

  • “I look forward to working with Tom on what comes next for health care”

United States Senator Lindsey Graham: “Tom understands healthcare from the perspective of a practicing physician for more than twenty years.”

  • “He will bring energy and experience to the table in helping to create a new healthcare system that focuses on affordability and sustainability.”
  • “The American people deserve high-quality results and I look forward to working with Dr. Price to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

United States Senator Roger F. Wicker: “President-elect Trump could not have made a better choice for HHS Secretary.”

  • “He is a distinguished public servant and uniquely qualified to lead the department. As an orthopedic surgeon, he has an intimate under-standing of our nation’s health-care system.”
  • “I enthusiastically support his nomination. I look forward to working with him to repeal Obamacare and replacing it with market-driven policies to lower costs and increase access to quality care.”

United States Senator Lamar Alexander: “I spent an hour with Dr. Tom Price this afternoon and was greatly impressed with his understanding of the need to begin immediately to repeal Obamacare and reform the nation’s health care system but to do it in a thoughtful, careful way that gives Americans more choices of low-cost insurance.”

  • “He especially understands the importance of dealing with the Obamacare emergency in the individual market during a period of transition so that Americans have as many choices as possible.”

United States Senator Chuck Grassley: “I congratulated Dr. Price on his nomination and told him I’d appreciate having a member of Congress at the head of such a critical agency. Congress is the people’s branch of government, and having a member of Congress at the agency would bring responsiveness to the public and I hope to Congress on our oversight inquiries.”

  • “It was a good conversation about some of the many issues of interest to the people of Iowa and the American people on the whole. I look forward to covering these issues and many more at Dr. Price’s nomination hearing.”

United States House Of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan: “This is the absolute perfect choice.”

  • “Tom Price has made health care his life’s work. As a doctor, he has practiced and taught medicine, and he knows exactly how Washington’s decisions affect patients. As a legislator, he has played a leading role in developing conservative health care solutions that put patients first.”
  • “We could not ask for a better partner to work with Congress to fix our nation’s health care challenges.”
  • “I’m so happy for Tom and his family, and I commend President-elect Trump for this excellent nomination.”

United States Representative Jeb Hensarling: “Tom Price is an outstanding thinker, legislator, and conservative leader who has dedicated his life to the field of medicine.”

  • “He knows first-hand how decisions in Washington affect patients and health care providers back at home, and he has been a tireless advocate in Congress for patient-centered health care reforms.”
  • “I couldn’t think of a better person to head the Department of Health and Human Services and to lead the charge to fix our nation’s health care challenges.”

United States Representative Kevin Brady: “Whether in the operating room or on the House floor, Dr. Price has dedicated his career to saving lives and improving health care for Americans from all walks of life.”

  • “Dr. Price’s unique experience, clear understanding of health and budget policy issues, and strong work ethic have been invaluable assets to our Committee.”
  • “Tom’s leadership will ensure that the Department of Health and Human Services delivers real results for the American people, whether it’s improving the way we access health care or reforming key programs designed to assist the most vulnerable.”

United States Representative Larry Buschon: “As a physician with firsthand experience caring for patients, a leader on conservative healthcare policy, and Budget Committee Chairman, Dr. Price has both the practical and policy experience to lead the way at HHS.”

  • “He’s also in a unique position to work with our Republican Congress to fix our nation’s healthcare system.”

United States Representative Michael Burgess: “Having worked alongside Dr. Price on critical health care issues in the House Doctors Caucus, I am personally familiar with Dr. Price’s approach to health care solutions and have witnessed his dedication to both the patient and physician.”

  • “As we look towards the great task of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, there is no better person to help usher this through the Department of Health and Human Services. Congratulations to Dr. Price on this honorable nomination.”

United States Representative Earl L. “Buddy” Carter: “Tom Price is absolutely the best man for the job and I applaud President-elect Trump’s decision.”

  • “As a fellow health care professional, Tom has experienced firsthand the destruction of our health care system and knows how important it is to end the Obamacare train wreck once and for all.”
  • “He has already created conservative solutions to accomplish this and repair our broken health care system to empower patients with more choices, lower costs and better services.”
  • “I am confident Tom will work with Congress to ensure this becomes a reality.”

United States Representative Tom Cole: “My colleague, Chairman Tom Price, is uniquely qualified to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.”

  • “He has been a central part of our leadership in Congress, and will excel in leading our nation’s healthcare reform.”
  • “As an expert in medicine and health, I am confident in his ability to lead this agency, and to finally repeal and replace Obamacare.”

United States Representative Tom Graves: “I can’t think of anyone better than Dr. Price to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

  • “As a practicing physician for more than 20 years, Tom knows the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and understands better than most why we need to keep the federal government out of that relationship.”
  • “As a congressman, Tom led the charge to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a free-market system that increases choice, drives down premiums and puts patients first.”
  • “He will do a great job implementing President-elect Trump’s vision of restoring health care freedom and reversing the Obama administration’s one-size-fits-all health care policies.”

United States Representative Brett Guthrie: “The selection of Chairman Tom Price to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows that the President-elect Trump is serious about creating real health care solutions that will help families, not hurt them.”

  • “As Vice Chair of the Health subcommittee, I applaud this move and look forward to working with the new administration to repair our nation’s health care system.”

United States Representative Jody Hice: “Obamacare has been a complete and utter disaster since day one. As a leading voice in the House to repeal and replace this deeply flawed law, along with his broad healthcare and budget experience, Congressman Price is the right choice to reverse Obamacare’s failures.”

  • “As a fellow Georgian and having served alongside Congressman Price, I am confident that he will lead the way in the Trump Administration to implement real, patient-centered healthcare solutions as Secretary of HHS.”
  • “I look forward to working closely with him to bring our Nation’s healthcare system into the 21st century.”

United States Representative Kenny Marchant: “Tom Price is the most qualified member of Congress I know to fill this position.”

  • “I’ve had the honor of calling Tom a close personal friend and classmate, as well as a fellow Ways and Means member.”
  • “Dr. Price has fought as hard as anyone to repeal and replace Obamacare with patient-centered solutions.”
  • “With his ideology of putting patients first, Congress could not ask for a better partner in addressing our nation’s health care challenges.”
  • “I commend President-elect Trump for his selection and look forward to working with Dr. Price in his new role.”

United States Representative Aumua Amata: “President-elect Trump’s selection of my friend and colleague, Dr. Tom Price, is welcome news to Americans concerned with the sharply rising cost of healthcare.”

  • “As Chairman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, I am happy to know that we will be working with a Secretary of HHS who has experience as both a medical professional and as chairman of the House Budget Committee.”
  • “With the desperately needed improvements regarding healthcare services in American Samoa, I look forward to working with Dr. Price whose expertise will be a great asset to the administration.”

United States Representative Keith Rothfus: “Dr. Price’s nomination to serve as Health and Human Services secretary is not only well-deserved, but it inspires confidence that the American people will finally be on the road to the kind of health care system that works for them, not Washington bureaucrats.” 

  • “Working with a new President Trump and Republicans in Congress, Dr. Price will help usher in an era of lower costs, higher quality care, and consumer choice in health care for American families.”

United States Representative Mark Walker: “Congratulations to my great friend and former Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, Congressman Tom Price.”

  • “As an orthopedic surgeon and leader in crafting conservative healthcare solutions, he will be an exceptional HHS Secretary.
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