President-elect Donald Trump has named yet another pro-life advocate to a key position that would have oversight concerning pro-life policies. Today he named pro-life Congressman Tom Price as a secretary for Health and Human Services. The position will have great influence on Obamacare, which funds abortions with taxpayer dollars, and on policies related to respecting the conscience rights of doctors and health care workers.
The nomination of Congressman Price, who is a physician by training, comes after President Trump nominated pro-life Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as his attorney general and pro-life Governor Nikki Haley has his UN ambassador.
Price has a long pro-life voting record as a member of Congress and has voted pro life 100% of the time according to the National Right to Life Committee.
In a statement about the nomination, Trump said Price has earned a reputation for being a “tireless problem solver” and “the go-to expert on healthcare policy.”
“He is exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible healthcare to every American,” Mr. Trump said. “I am proud to nominate him as secretary of Health and Human Services.”
Mr. Price, chairman of the House Budget Committee and an outspoken opponent of Obamacare from Georgia, said it’s an “honor” to be nominated for the position.
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“There is much work to be done to ensure we have a healthcare system that works for patients, families, and doctors; that leads the world in the cure and prevention of illness; and that is based on sensible rules to protect the well-being of the country while embracing its innovative spirit,” said Mr. Price, Georgia Republican.
During a debate over legislation to stop taxpayer funding of abortion, Congressman Price laid out his pro-life views.
“This legislation prohibits taxpayer funding of elective abortions, no matter where in the federal system that might occur. This is a position supported by the majority of Americans in a bipartisan manner. We have a responsibility, through our government, to protect the most vulnerable among us, not the least of whom are the unborn. This bill is an important step in the right direction,” he said.
Price has also blasted the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which has been derisively called “death panels” by detractors.
He said: “Patients, families, and doctors should make medical decisions, not Washington, DC. The Independent Payment Advisory Board is a direct threat to quality, innovative and responsive health care for America’s seniors. This board of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats has the power to deny care to seniors by deciding unilaterally what care will be paid for. Repealing IPAB will help protect the patient-doctor relationship for Medicare beneficiaries. It is part of what must be a broader effort to focus attention on solutions that put patients first.”
“When bureaucrats choose, patients lose,”he concluded.
Responding to the nomination, pro-abortion Sen. Democrat Leader Charles Schumer, claimed the pro-life Congressman’s too radical, , stating that Price is “far out of the mainstream” on healthcare policies.