Tom Price is right

A doc­tor knows best how to fix the na­tion’s health care sys­tem

The Washington Times Daily - - OPINION - By Dan We­ber Dan We­ber is founder and pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Ma­ture Amer­i­can Cit­i­zens.

Lib­eral losers seek to un­der­mine the Trump pres­i­dency even be­fore Don­ald Trump takes of­fice. Per­haps the two most egre­gious ex­am­ples of the vit­riol on the left are the sense­less and di­vi­sive calls for a re­count of the votes cast in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and the smear cam­paign that is un­der way against Rep. Tom Price.

Dr. Price from Ge­or­gia has been cho­sen by Pres­i­dent-elect Trump to take over the Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices, and the Democrats are out to get him be­cause he is bound to chal­lenge Pres­i­dent Obama’s self-de­scribed sig­na­ture law — Oba­macare.

Through­out his two terms in of­fice, Mr. Obama had two sec­re­taries of health and hu­man ser­vices, Kath­leen Se­be­lius and her suc­ces­sor, Sylvia Mathews Bur­well. Nei­ther of them had a clue about Amer­ica’s health care needs. Mrs. Se­be­lius is a ca­reer politi­cian and Mrs. Bur­well is lit­tle more than an or­ga­ni­za­tional func­tionary.

Tom Price, on the other hand, is a knowl­edge­able med­i­cal doc­tor with two decades in pri­vate prac­tice. In fact, be­fore he was elected to Congress in 2004, he served as as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor and med­i­cal di­rec­tor of the Or­tho­pe­dic Clinic at Emory Uni­ver­sity’s School of Medicine, teach­ing res­i­dent doc­tors in train­ing.

Dr. Price has a well-de­served rep­u­ta­tion as the go-to guy on health care and a true ad­vo­cate for se­nior cit­i­zens. He has ded­i­cated him­self to en­sur­ing that the prom­ises made to our se­niors are not bro­ken. As he put it, “The only way to avoid watch­ing our health and re­tire­ment se­cu­rity pro­grams fall into in­sol­vency is to make real re­forms. Ev­ery day we hes­i­tate or bow to the same, tired po­lit­i­cal games of the past, we risk leav­ing our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren a pile of debt and a bro­ken sys­tem.”

De­spite his cre­den­tials, Democrats such as Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi have mus­tered up a con­sid­er­able amount of venom to den­i­grate Dr. Price. Mr. Schumer and Mrs. Pelosi will take over as mi­nor­ity lead­ers in their re­spec­tive houses of Congress and their vi­cious at­tacks sig­nal their in­ten­tions loud and clear.

Amer­i­cans want us to work to­gether. But ap­par­ently, there are those in power on the left who didn’t get the mes­sage. How about we be­gin fixing our med­i­cal sys­tem by co­op­er­at­ing with an ex­pe­ri­enced med­i­cal doc­tor, Tom Price?

Dr. Price is an out­stand­ing and in­no­va­tive ex­pert on how to ad­dress the na­tion’s health care cri­sis caused by Oba­macare. He has been a real leader in the Congress on both pro­ject­ing the dis­as­trous im­pacts of Oba­macare and fash­ion­ing pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive so­lu­tions for im­proved ac­cess to health care for all Amer­i­cans, in­clud­ing se­niors. More­over, he has al­ways thought­fully lis­tened and con­sid­ered ad­vice and coun­sel on pro­pos­als and ideas to rem­edy Oba­macare’s “Ti­tanic” ap­proach to health care in our na­tion.

It is un­for­tu­nate that a man of his char­ac­ter and qual­i­fi­ca­tions for this im­por­tant lead­er­ship po­si­tion in the Trump-Pence ad­min­is­tra­tion should be the ob­ject of care­less, cal­lous and mis­lead­ing crit­i­cisms that have no ba­sis in fact, but ap­pear to pro­mote only po­lit­i­cal con­tro­versy.

Let’s get Tom Price ap­proved quickly, so he can start fixing our health care sooner rather than later.


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