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Smart Doctor Will Take Charge of Repeal and Replace

Georgia congressman is 'very, very promising' selection by Trump to head up Health and Human Services

He is being called the perfect person to help repeal and replace Obamacare.

Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.), M.D., early Tuesday morning was tapped by Donald Trump to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

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An orthopedic surgeon, Price spent more than 20 years caring for patients in the Atlanta metro area and helped build one of the largest private orthopedic practices in the country. He then served four terms in the Georgia Senate before heading to Washington, D.C., in 2004. He is chairman of the Committee on the Budget in the House of Representatives. He also serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, including the Subcommittee on Health.

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In a statement on his website, Price said, “I am humbled by the incredible challenges that lay ahead and enthusiastic for the opportunity to be a part of solving them on behalf of the American people. There is much work to be done to ensure we have a health care system that works for patients, families, and doctors; that leads the world in the cure and prevention of illness; and that is based on sensible rules to protect the well-being of the country while embracing its innovative spirit.”

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Twila Brase, a registered nurse and prominent health care professional, believes Price is an excellent choice for HHS secretary.

“The only way to restore long-term affordability, simplicity, and privacy to patients and doctors is to return to a free market of interference-free indemnity insurance, direct payments between patients and doctors, and limited third-party involvement,” Brase told LifeZette Tuesday morning.

“There are tens of thousands of pages of Obamacare regulations that can be rescinded, amended, or left unenforced on the way to repeal,” said one free market health care advocate.

“Dr. Price will be empowered to start the repeal of Obamacare at the regulatory level even before a repeal bill makes its way to President Trump. There are tens of thousands of pages of Obamacare regulations that can be rescinded, amended, or left unenforced on the way to repeal, and we encourage him to make every effort to begin shutting down Obamacare by shutting down its regulations,” she added.

Seema Verma has been announced as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to a release from the transition team.

Verma is the president, CEO, and founder of SVC Inc., a national health policy consulting company. She helped design the Obamacare Medicaid expansion model for Indiana with Gov. Mike Pence, along with a number of high-profile Medicaid expansion models for other Republican governors. She has also advised on how to add conservative elements such as health savings accounts and employment requirements.

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“She has decades of experience advising on Medicare and Medicaid policy and helping states navigate our complicated systems. Together, Chairman Price and Seema Verma are the dream team that will transform our health care system for the benefit of all Americans,” the president-elect said in a media release.

Both Price and Verma are promising choices, said Dr. Ramin Oskoui, a cardiologist in the Washington, D.C., area. He is CEO of Foxhall Cardiology PC and a regular contributor to LifeZette.

“Given the economic realities, they will have their work cut out for them. It will be interesting who chairs the relevant committees who will have to put forward the legislation in the House and Senate. We will know that in early January. Very, very promising,” he said.

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