Price, Who Has Opposed The Health Law Since Its Passage, Nears The Opportunity To Change It
The Senate appears likely to vote this week on the nomination of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to head the Department of Health and Human Services.
Tom Price Has His Finger On The Obamacare Destruct Button
Tom Price spent years railing against Obamacare. Now he’ll finally have sweeping power to do something about it.The Georgia Republican congressman is on the verge of becoming the Trump administration’s top health care official, armed with broad authority to begin unwinding Obamacare by using as much executive power as possible, even as Congress struggles to find consensus on a plan to repeal and replace the health care law. First, he could ax Obamacare's mandate ensuring coverage for contraception and give insurers more latitude to determine which health benefits they will — and won’t — pay for. Those changes will likely be paired with stricter monitoring of Obamacare enrollees, as the administration aims to win over jittery health plan executives with policies that prioritize insurance market predictability and profitability. (Cancryn, 2/6)