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Price's Confirmation is Body Blow to Nation's Health: Physician Leader


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Price's Confirmation is Body Blow to Nation's Health: Physician Leader

Physicians for a National Health Program

Dr. Carol Paris of Nashville, Tenn., is president of Physicians for a National Health Program (www.pnhp.org). This morning, in response to the Senate's vote to confirm Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as secretary of health and human services, Dr. Paris said the following:


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About the only good thing about Price, is maybe he'll give impetus to a larger spectrum of Americans to think about why our healthcare system is so sacrosanct when it obviously isn't. If Obamacare gets wrecked, a lot of people will be hit. Even folks with employer provided coverage are going to feel it when prices increase to cover the cost of the uninsured showing up at hospitals. Right now, in states like California, the uninsured are auto-enrolled in Medicaid and hospitals reimbursed for visits. This has helped steady the employer provided health system as intended by the ACA. On a personal note, my premiums have barely gone up for the first time in my life the last two years.

Trump is already doing his best to muck up the works, to create an excuse to go back to the old system. If we are lucky, the shine comes off the old system quickly as it comes closer to being real again. The only problem is that if progressives get another whack at solving the problem, we may have a much more right-wing Court to deal with.