Liberal Doctor Group Forms after AMA Backs Price for HHS Director
Last month, President-elect Donald Trump chose anti-Obamacare Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) to be the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).
The American Medical Association (AMA) was quick to respond releasing a statement of support for Dr. Price:
“The American Medical Association strongly supports the nomination of Dr. Tom Price to become the next Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). His service as a physician, state legislator and member of the U.S. Congress provides a depth of experience to lead HHS. Dr. Price has been a leader in the development of health policies to advance patient choice and market-based solutions as well as reduce excessive regulatory burdens that diminish time devoted to patient care and increase costs. We urge the Senate to promptly consider and confirm Dr. Price for this important role.”
Interestingly enough back in 2010, the AMA supported President Obama’s signature healthcare law which failed to lower costs, improve quality of care or increase patient choice. The AMA’s support for Dr. Price indicates a break from the past and perhaps a willingness to acknowledge and correct the damaging effects Obamacare has placed on the healthcare industry.
But not all AMA members agree. Three physicians from the University of Pennsylvania including Dr. Manik Chhabra, Navin Vij and Jane Zhu helped start a new organization named the Clinician Action Network (CAN) shortly after the election and are committed to protecting Obamacare.
For many doctors, left-leaning political positions taken by the AMA in the past have caused them to start more conservative groups including Doctors Against Obamacare among others.
Heritage Action Sentinel Doctors is an organization made of conservative healthcare professionals committed to repealing Obamacare and fighting for conservative policy that will restore the traditional doctor-patient relationship, remove government regulations, and expand consumer choice. We believe Dr. Price should do the following five things as Secretary of HHS:
- Call on Congress to fully repeal Obamacare and then enact patient-centered health care reform.
- Lead the effort to modernize Medicare and move to premium support.
- Transition able-bodied, low-income individuals and families out of Medicaid and into the private health insurance market.
- Abolish contraceptive mandate and redirect funding from Planned Parenthood to health centers not entangled with abortion services.
- Lead the way to welfare reform across means-tested programs.