Trump Nominates Fierce Obamacare Critic for HHS Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump made Republicans very happy on Monday when he named Rep. Tom Price as his nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Critics and supporters alike see the choice as a clear signal from Trump that he’s serious about repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Price has made a name for himself as one of the Affordable Care Act’s harshest critics. The former orthopedic surgeon and current Georgia representative has developed a workable Republican alternative to the healthcare law called the Empowering Patients First Act. Price has unsuccessfully introduced the bill in Congress, and it may give us a hint as to what an Obamacare replacement will look like.

Price’s plan uses government provisions like tax breaks to help Americans purchasing individual coverage while allowing even customers who purchase insurance through an employer to take their coverage with them after leaving the company. The EPFA would also give Medicare and Medicaid patients the ability to opt out and use tax credits to go with a private plan.

House Speaker Paul Ryan was pleased with Trump’s choice.

“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,” Ryan said.

Trump ran on a campaign to repeal and replace Obamacare, but some conservatives have been nervous about comments the president-elect has made in recent weeks. Trump has said there are elements of Obamacare he’d like to keep in place, such as barring insurance companies from rejecting patients with pre-existing conditions. It’s not clear how Trump would keep such provisions without keeping the individual mandate; some are worried that TrumpCare will just be Obamacare with a new coat of paint.

By picking Price to lead the HHS, Trump has set many a Republican mind at ease.

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  1. Mr. Trump has made many Republicans unhappy and worried by this nomination!

  2. Great choice. But, I really don’t care what paul ryan thinks! He needs to be FIRED!

  3. And you come by this conclusion how? Am I to assume that by your comment you voted for the greatest criminal in American history? Get a grip, millions of combat veterans have President Tump’s back and await the order to drop kick the muslim out of our scared White House! The evil female traitor, murderer and sellout to our nation’s enemies tells me all I need to know about a large number of Americans who obviously hate America and would choose to further send our nation hurtling into the abyss! There are 30 million vets and growing and we stand and support our President, Donald Trump! True Republicans are not in the least unhappy, just the sellouts and you know who they are!

    • 2X that, A Navy vet

    • Will you suppirt him when thousands of your brothers are dying in another unecessary war? Thankfully, the USSR no longer exists. Russia cannot afford the Cold War weapons game.

      • I don’t welcome war but orders are orders and some wars are necessary. So this begs the question, how many died under liberal Democrat presidents, hmm? Try millions, tens of millions while in the meantime that fraud in the White House has sent billions of our dollars to Iran, the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world so they can run their reactors, buy inter-continental ballistic missiles from Russia, develop the requisite uranium for warheads at the same time threatening America and not allowing our right to inspect their facilities to insure their efforts were for power generation not nuclear annihilation! The President’s job is to protect and defend the nation against all enemies both foreign and domestic, and that means to neutralized any and all perceived threats where the potential for strikes against America are in the cards! In addition his job is to protect our sovereign borders at all costs and drive the illegal perpetrators out of America, especially the Muslim terrorists who have been illegally crossing into our nation and the claim by ISIS that they have assets in every state waiting for the word to attack innocent Americans! Oh, one other thing, Russia does exist and in a big way, their nuclear arsenal is not mess ours is in! The best thing to do when you encounter a sleeping bear, is not to awaken him……..understand! Now go stand in the closet until your ready to make comments based in fact not conjecture!

        • The USSR is not Russia, even though you were brainwashed to think that way. Russia was a very small part of the USSR
          The USSR no longer exists.

          Muslim terrorist crossing from Mexico. Really? Maybe you can explain why none have been caught? Not one.

          • Look you anti-American loon, Russia is the USSR they rule over the entire land mass whether you like it or not. Muslim terrorists are coming across our Southern border along with other illegal immigrants as the border patrol has been ordered to stand down. My brother is a retired Judge in Arizona and knows the border patrol officials very well. They have been ordered to not interdict crossers and since the Muslims, your hero’s look just like the Mexican illegal crossers, they mix in with the Mexican and Central Americans and are not stopped, Even ISIS claims it has it’s members in every state in America! So why don’t you just keep your lying anti-American BS to yourself or better yet join the military and serve the country instead of fouling the discourse on this site! Bye now loser!

          • Muslim terrorist crossing from Mexico. Really? Maybe you can explain why none have been caught? Not one.

          • Well let’s see, hmm I got it, they dress and look like Mexicans which is how they have been getting in as our Border Patrol is told to stand down and not interdict……that’s how! The Border Patrol are not allowed to patrol the border as they were trained to do. Giant gaps in oversight at the border and Mexican drug lord mules paid to assimilate the rag heads! Isis has claimed a number of times they have jihadi’s in every state in America! The Border Patrol’s hands have been tied by the muslim fraud squatting in our former White House. Overtly anti-American and totally ineligible. Is his name Bob Smith you loon, it’s overtly muslim for a jihadist who grew up in the largest Muslim nation in the world……Indonesia……..get it! Our White House has been infiltrated by a Trojan Horse who has surrounded himself with muslims called Czars ( comical) in the White House as advisors and placed throughout our federal government ! When he was an overtly incompetent senator he spoke openly about his “Muslim Faith’ to reporters in Chicago! He has also been properly referred to as bath house Barry in Chicago as a member of Man’s Country in that city along with Rahm Emmanuel! Larry Sinclair wrote a book about your gay hero’s exploits with him and others which has never been refuted! , do you think the rising level of terrorist attacks across America by radical Muslims is a coincidence! ..figure it out! Though I know this is above your pay grade! I’ll stop here because I don’t want your midget brain to explode! In parting what have you done for America, hmm? I actually served and earned the right to tell you commies where to go! Once again go feed your line of virulent BS to someone who cares!

          • I actually served and earned the right to tell you ignorant right-wingers where to get off being stupid.

            If you were woulded in Vietnam and treated at a Combat Hospital, I may have been the one risking their life to sew your miserable pieces-parts back togeather.

            Once again go feed your line of virulent BS to someone who cares!

          • There are no liberals in combat, get it! You risked your life in a combat hospital….really, wow true bravery under fire! I never ran into a liberal whatever in what did you say……..a combat hospital! There were no combat hospitals per say to my memory, there were combat injuries treated stat either in set up tent field hospitals where the rescue chopper pilots evacuated us to for immediate care or to Saigon to be treated there and removed to Germany in more intensive care situations! I know I was one of the lucky ones to be air lifted along with a coupe of injured brothers but most of what I remember is foggy at best…………morphine you know, a wonder drug! Took three years to heal and return to pretty much a functional state. Today I’m bigger and stronger than ever. Nobody messes with me, I hang out with other former combat vets, our motto….. giving up was never an option, and we carry on for those who can’t! If what you say is true I thank you for your service but you will never own the right to tell me where to get off! That would be a big mistake!

          • You claim to have served in Vietnam and then turn around and say there were no combat hospitals.

            Ha, ha, ha, ha

            Then, you talk about “set up tent field hospitals”

            Educate yourself, here is a place to start: http://the45thsurg.freeservers.com/custom7.html

            .

          • Again you are wrong there were field hospitals in Viet Nam, temporary facilities that had temporary tent like structures where to the best of my memory I was airlifted to. They were supposedly located throughout the field of operations. as evacuation by land was too risky. I was at the time, heavily sedated with morphine so my memory is not super clear. I remember being treated post surgically but don’t remember how long I was at that facility before being flown to Saigon! Besides massive injuries to my left arm that took me three years to return it to a functional limb, I had some severe head injuries and multiple abrasions! To the best of my recollection given my injuries they were, as I said, tent like structures but shaped differently than a typical tent but that is all I remember to this day! My honorable discharge attests to my service and making fun of an injured combat veteran is a disgrace says all I need to know about you! The fact that your a liberal supporter of the biggest criminal in American politics, confirms my suspicions!

            I’m done with you go bother some else who cares what you think!

          • Why are you arguing about the name used for a life-saving service.
            A Field Hospital is a Combat Hospital.
            Get your head streight.

          • You dishonored my service and questioned my time in theater along with my injuries, my recollection of the treatment and the types of facilities I was treated in, where I received treatment and the order in which it occurred! Because of the nature of my head injuries, the order and timeline of events is somewhat clouded! It’s spelled “straight” that much I know and there some things that still are not totally clear to me and never will be! I’m done with this!

          • I am dyslexic.
            Pease feel free to insult. People have done it for years.

          • I’m not trying to insult you, just trying to set the record straight! There are a number of things about my time in theater that are fuzzy, missing moments in time but a lot of the key elements are still there! I like to look at my honorable discharge and my old uniform from time to time to remind me of my service and then occasional details pop up and help fill in the blanks! The book I received upon graduating from basic training is something I like to refer to refresh the memories of the early times of my service prior to AIT! Look, war is ugly and nobody really wins because every brother you lose in combat leaves you empty! It was a senseless war with no end game where no direct threat to America was eminent!
            We were mere pieces on a puzzle to be moved around as needed to secure a victory in a place we didn’t really belong!
            The price we pay for being the world’s policemen is far to great to justify! You attack us and all bets are off, a totally different scenario! You attack America in any way, at the ballot box, mishandling eyes only documents, selling our secrets for pay, leaving our borders unattended to allow the enemy in and selling our nations secrets and I’m ready to engage…….my oath requires my call to action!

          • Afghanistan did not attack us. Iraq did not attack us.
            Interestingly, the 9-11 trained at a terrorist training camp in Saudi Arabia. A terror boot camp that is still up and running.
            Saudi Arabia is still our ally.

          • Your point is? Are you trying to contend that I was in favor of the the Iraq and or the Afghanistan war! Just what are you trying to say? We should have kicked Saudi Arabia to the curb a long time ago! I am American, I have no use for these religion of hate Mohamed loving nations! There are muslim terrorist training camps in America, over thirty of them! There are around 30 million vets in America and in my opinion we should close them all down and eject by whatever means necessary these murderous religion of hate loons! It’s akin to a giant Trojan horse!

          • Wars, against two countries that has no involvement with 9-11.

            Wars that killed over 4,000 Americans.

            Wars that mureref ove 1 million innocent children, disabled, and elderly.

            Wars that made the Bush and Cheney families $ billions..

          • Islam is the world’s second largest relgion. Christians have killed more people than Muslims have ever dreamed of killing. But, we can’t let a few facts get in the way of lies.
            Here is list of a FEW Christian hate wars: The Crusades, The Inquisition, The witch hunts, The Peasants War, French Wars of rebellion, Massacre at Vassy, The Thirty Years War, Pope Sixtus V, Irish Rebellion, Democide in the Americas, Democide in Africa, Democide in Australia, The papal bull Romanus Pontifex – 1455, Slavery in the Americas, Leopold II, King of the Belgians – butcher of the Congo Free State 1885-1908, The Holocaust, Catholic Nazi State in Croatia, Lebanon War, Sabta and Shatila Massacre, Serb Orthodox genocide, Protestant death squads in Ireland, The Rwandan genocide, Zimbabwe — Catholic protection of Mugabe, Lord’s Resistance Army, Central African Republic Catholic murdering of those who won’t convert …, Americans killing physicians and bombing medical clinics, American killing church congregations, America – the KKK murders (they are now international terrorists).

        • Why don’t you tell Trump how to close over 100,000 mikes of border. You seem to think you know o much.

          Canada – US border 1,538 miles
          Canada – Alaska border 3,987 miles
          Mexico – US border 1,933 miles
          US Coastline 95,471 miles
          Alaska Coastline 6,640 miles

          Total exposure 109, 569 miles

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  4. Who cares what Paul Ryan thinks of the nominee. Ryan was the Rino that kept promising to defund Obamacare and Planned Parenthood.. He, as expected, never even came close to doing either. He is nothing but a typical Rino huff n puff master like Boehner (the caver) was and McConnell (the chinless one) still is. Nationwide I believe Ryan did a lot of damage to his political career with the games he played concerning Trump. Too bad the people of Wisconsin haven’t gotten the message on the “boy wonder”.

    • Obamacare funding???

      In 2015, due in part to the ACA, health-care spending grew at the slowest rate sunce record keeping began in since 1960.
      Health care price inflation is at its lowest rate in 50 years.
      The ACA is cutting healthcare costs, not increasing them.

  5. America worships the god profit with greed.
    The children, elderly, disabled .. can all go to Hades in a handbasket. What comes next, death camps?

  6. First they came for the Muslims, and You did not speak out— Because You were not a Muslim

    Then they came for the Hispanics and You did not speak out— Because You were not a Hispanics..

    Then they came for the Poor and You did not speak out — Because You were not Poor.

    Then they came for the Disabled and You did not speak out – Because You were not Disabled.

    Then they came for the Jews, and You did not speak out— Because You were not a Jew.

    Then they came for the Elderly, and You did not speak out – Because You were not Elderly.

    Then they came for You—and there was no one left to speak for You.

    ( a variation on Martin Niemoller’s famous poem).

  7. I think Trump made a great choice! And anyone he picks will certainly rile the liberal and democratic idiots that are seeking to destroy this Nation from within! Trump is keeping to his promises to build a cabinet with the best and brightest individuals that put this country back on the right track. I am sure that some of them will not be that popular with either party for their stands in the past. But he has begun and kept his promises so far.

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