Oppose Tom Price’s nomination to lead the Department of Health and Human Services

President-elect Trump has named Rep. Tom Price as his nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

Though several medical organizations quickly endorsed him, NPA led the opposition and was one of the first physician groups to openly oppose the nomination.

It is obvious we have to fight hard to protect our patients. And that this fight is just beginning. Please use this form to sign-on to our statement opposing Rep. Price’s nomination. Next week we will deliver this to the Senate to make sure the voice of the physician who puts patients first is heard!

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, a physicians’ organization committed to advancing the core values of the medical profession: service, integrity and advocacy.