By Douglas V. Gibbs
Congressman Tom Price, a Republican out of Georgia, is conservative, and will be President-elect Donald Trump's nomination for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. If confirmed by the Senate, Price's job would be to formulate the “replace” part of Trump's pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Obamacare should not be replaced, per se. The federal government should get out of the healthcare game. That said, a third party, like insurance companies, has been a part of the problem. Creating competition by allowing these companies to sell across State lines is only a part of the solution. Nudging the industry back towards a patient/provider relationship with things like health savings accounts and encouraging the States to pursue tort reform is our best bet to get healthcare affordable again.
Price has said he would like to pursue a bill that looks like the one in 2015 that was vetoed by Obama. That bill would keep Obamacare as a shell, but gut it of its more egregious elements.