Trump May Have Picked a Winner for HHS Secretary

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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In May of 2015, Georgia Congressman, Dr. Tom Price, released a statement introducing the “Empowering Patients First Act.”

In his press release, Dr. Price, a former orthopedic surgeon, highlighted the “legislation that fully repeals Obamacare and starts over with patient-centered solutions.” Included in the Act are “solutions including individual health pools and expanded health savings accounts, tax credits for the purchase of coverage and lawsuit abuse reforms to reduce the costly practice of defensive medicine.”

Well this sounds good, as I’ve always been an advocate of health savings accounts, and tax credits are great – much better than a mere tax deduction. Unlike a tax deduction, which only lowers your taxable income slightly, a tax credit is an actual dollar-for-dollar reduction of your income tax liability. In other words, a $1,000 tax credit saves you $1,000 in taxes. And for those unfamiliar with the term “defensive medicine,” it is, for example, when a doctor will insist on doing a dozen tests on a patient, when one or two will do, for fear of getting his butt sued off.

So why bring this up almost two years later? Well, in case you haven’t heard, Dr. Price is Trump’s nominee to head up the Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS. This is good news, as it is evident the Congressman is no fan of Obamacare and will therefore be an integral part of its repeal, and replacement of the nationalized system with a private sector-based healthcare system. read more

Sebelius Tries To Blame GOP

Health Care: As Democrats grow increasingly worried that ObamaCare  will explode on the launch pad just as midterm elections get going, the Obama  administration seeks to pin blame on Republicans. Good luck with that.

Earlier this week, Health and Human Services head Kathleen Sebelius admitted  that she didn’t realize how complicated getting ObamaCare off the ground would  be.

Sebelius complained that “no one fully anticipated” the difficulties involved  in implementing ObamaCare, or how confusing it would be with the public.

She wasn’t talking about the massive and impossible task of imposing central  planning on one-sixth of the nation’s economy.

Instead, she was trying to find a way to blame Republicans for ObamaCare’s  failures when the inevitable problems start emerging.

Rather than say “let’s get on board, let’s make this work,” recalcitrant  Republicans have forced her to engage in “state-by-state political battles,”  Sebelius said at a Harvard School of Public Health forum. “The politics has been  relentless.”

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