Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), M.D., Nominated Secretary of Health and Human Services

Dec 9, 2016 / Michael Natalie, Horsesmouth Assistant Editor

Rep. Price is a known critic of Obamacare with his own ideas for healthcare reform. His proposal, the Empowering Patients First Act, would modify the provisions of the law prohibiting insurers from denying coverage on the basis of preexisting health conditions, eliminate the tax penalty for Americans without health insurance, and offer tax credits for the purchase of individual and family health insurance policies—among other reforms.

Rep. Price has also proposed a rewrite of the Congressional budget process. The new provisions would require automatic cuts to federal programs if the nation exceeds established limits on its long-term debt. Price’s brief argues these “enforceable long-term debt targets” are necessary to place the country on a sustainable path to eliminating the national debt.

 

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