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National Physicians Alliance Statement on the Nomination of Rep. Tom Price to be HHS Secretary

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director November 30, 2016 at 11:30 AM

November 30, 2016

Statement attributable to:
Manan Trivedi, MD, MPP
President, National Physicians Alliance

Contact:
Becky Martin, Interim Operations Director
National Physicians Alliance
becky.martin@npalliance.net
Cell: 941/518-7051

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“The National Physicians Alliance opposes the nomination of Dr. Tom Price to become the next Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Dr. Price’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a much less comprehensive plan would significantly jeopardize coverage for millions of our patients (20 million Americans in Exchanges) and greatly weaken current protections that prohibit insurers from denying coverage or charging exorbitant rates because of pre-existing conditions (estimated 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions). Moreover, his support to privatize Medicare would end the healthcare guarantee for our nation’s 57 million seniors and drastically hurt our most elderly and vulnerable patients. His past policy proposals would also dismantle our health insurance safety net (Medicaid) for over 80 million low-income Americans, including children (State Children’s Health Insurance Program). Lastly, his staunch opposition to reproductive health rights makes it clear he does not trust women to make their own decisions about their health. We believe our next HHS Secretary should support the continued expansion of coverage, fight to improve, not dismantle, our current Medicare program and pursue efforts to achieve a more equitable, affordable and high quality health care system for all.

We are dismayed that other large physician organizations have endorsed Dr. Price without consideration of the harm his policies would inflict on our collective patients. We call on other physician organizations to put our patients’ interests first and foremost, and encourage everyone to join the National Physicians Alliance, the only physicians’ organization committed to advancing the core values of the medical profession: service, integrity and advocacy.”

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12 Responses to “National Physicians Alliance Statement on the Nomination of Rep. Tom Price to be HHS Secretary”

  1. How can we as NPA members become signatories on this?

  2. Daniel B Fisher says:

    Sign me on your letter and sign me up to your organization

  3. Daniel B Fisher says:

    Sign me on your letter and sign me up to your organization

  4. Linda Larson says:

    What can I, as a citizen do?

  5. Linda Larson says:

    What can I, as a citizen do?

  6. Carol Miyake says:

    This is my letter to the AMA. This is a time when all citizens who do not agree with the incoming Trump regime must stand up and use the tools of a democracy to voice our opposition, first and foremost, using the right of free speech and speak up!

    To Patrice Harris, MD, AMA
    I am appalled to see the American Medical Association support the nomination of Representative Tom Price for the position of Secretary of Health and Human Services.
    My patients are concerned about the future of the Affordable Care Act. I have many patients who have benefited from the ACA and they are worried. I am concerned about the future of their access to health care services. I have not heard any proposal to date which would replace the Affordable Care Act with a viable alternative. Proposals such as health care savings accounts and tax credits only benefit higher income individuals who pay higher taxes. The current program provides subsidies for lower income individuals to purchase insurance. This seems to have no place in future plans.
    The individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act, much vilified during the presidential campaign, is essential. Anyone who drives a car is required to have car insurance. The average person can understand the logic of this—everyone has to pay into the insurance pool. Since everyone has access to care in emergency rooms regardless of ability to pay for care, everyone needs to pay into the system. Simple enough for the average person to understand and yet somehow seemed to be a threat to individual liberty.
    The major problem with the Affordable Care Act was that it did not go far enough, and 20 million people are still without insurance. If the AMA does not have viable proposals, it is entirely lacking credibility as a leader in the American health care system.
    What I find truly shocking is that the American Medical Association supports an individual with a rabidly anti reproductive rights agenda. For example, defunding Planned Parenthood is an attack on access to life saving services such as PAP tests and mammograms for low income women. Women could be denied access to effective methods of contraception such as IUDs.
    Surely there must be individuals who are well qualified for the post of Secretary of Health and Human Services who do not have such extreme views.
    I have never been a member of the AMA because it simply seemed irrelevant to my practice of medicine, but now I see the AMA is actually harmful to the health of my patients. I think it is high time American physicians defunded the AMA.

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