Tom Price, Trump's US Secretary of Health had one priority, to Repeal and Replace #Obamacare, which is what the president promised to replace it with #Trumpcare. The Secretary vowed to dismantle the health reform law that his predecessors spent years implementing.
He is an orthopedic surgeon who may have put his foot in his mouth while he decried ACA aka Obamacare was a threat to the quality and the affordability of American health care.
Price spent around two decades in private practice and also served as medical director of the orthopedic clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital as well as a faculty member at Emory University's School of Medicine.
Price then served four terms in the Georgia State Senate. In 2004, he ran and was elected to the US House of Representatives and was named Budget Committee chair a decade later.
He authored several replacement plans, which had similarities to Trump's vision for health care along with US House Speaker Paul Ryan's overhaul proposal. Price reportedly called for giving refundable tax credits to those who buy policies in the individual market. The credits would be adjusted by age, ranging from $1,200 for those age 18 to 35 to $3,000 for those age 50 and up.
The plan offered more incentives for Americans to use Health Savings Accounts, including a one-time $1,000 tax credit for making contributions, with caps of the tax exclusion on employer-sponsored plans at $20,000 for family coverage, and it allowed insurers to sell coverage across state lines.
Price pushed states to create high-risk pools to insure those rejected by carriers on the individual market usually those who have costly, pre-existing conditions. It also limited using federal funds to pay for abortions and protects health care providers who don't want to perform abortions for religious reasons. But, it was DOA The House.
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