Last updated on: 10/30/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Tom Price, MD Biography

Title:
Former US Secretary of Health and Human Services
Position:
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“If a house is on fire, you do not wait for it to burn to the ground before trying to save the family trapped inside. The situation we face today with Obamacare is no different: It is on the verge of collapse, buckling under the weight of its own toxic mix of mandates and regulations, and many of our fellow Americans are trapped inside…

The statistics tell the story that we know all too well. Since Obamacare’s central rules took effect, premiums for individual market plans have doubled. At the same time, insurance coverage rates have fallen far short of predictions. The Congressional Budget Office had projected that 23 million Americans would be enrolled in the law’s healthcare exchanges this year; the reality is that the number of Americans currently enrolled is less than half that estimate.

Patients increasingly don’t have a choice of insurers, either. In one-third of all counties in America, there is only one insurance company participating on the exchanges; in another 37 percent of counties, there are just two. The situation is especially acute in rural areas, where prices are high and access to care is already a struggle.”

“Obamacare Is on the ‘Verge of Collapse.’ It’s Time for Congress to Pass Health-Care Reform,” cnbc.com, May 3, 2017

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care and related issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to health care and related issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 23rd US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Feb. 2017-Sep. 29, 2017
  • Member, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
  • US Representative (R-GA), Jan. 2005-Feb. 2017
  • Former Medical Director, Orthopedic Clinic, Grady Memorial Hospital
  • Former Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine
  • State Senator, Georgia, 1997-2004
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, 1984-2004
Education:
  • MD, University of Michigan, 1976
  • AB, University of Michigan, 1972
Other:
  • Resigned as US Secretary of Health and Human Services on Sep. 29, 2017 after media reported that he had used military and private jets for personal travel while serving as HHS Secretary. An HHS official told the media on Oct. 5, 2017 that Price wrote a check for $51,887.31 to cover the cost for his seat on the charter planes.
  • Born on Oct. 8, 1954 in Lansing, MI
Quoted in:
  1. Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?