If the results of the 2016 election have proven anything, it’s that Americans are ready for change, especially with healthcare.
Come 2017, pending Senate confirmation, the potential rebirth of the health care system will be in the hands of Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.), who is President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Price, along with the rest of the new Congress and administration, now has a chance to address the burdensome policies and regulations that have been clogging the system for the past eight years.
From unprecedented premium increases this year to a mass exodus of insurers from the Affordable Care Act exchanges, it should come as no surprise that taxpayers were looking for meaningful solutions to issues in healthcare when casting their ballots in November.
Price, a physician and Republican representing Georgia’s sixth district, is the right person to recharge our health care system and brush off the dust, debris, and devastation that Obamacare left in its wake.
The past year has been a tumultuous year in healthcare. It has been a year that has lined the pockets of insurance companies and benefitted the government while hurting taxpayers, patients and American innovation.
Consumers witnessed 17 of the 23 original Obamacare co-ops close. Large insurance companies like UnitedHealth threatened to exit a majority of the exchanges, leaving enrollees in search of new providers.
Additionally, premiums skyrocketed in several states, including increases of up to 53 percent, 69 percent and 116 percent in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Arizona respectively. Simply put, these are heavy burdens for taxpayers and consumers to bear.
However, with a Republican majority in Congress and Price at the helm of HHS, it’s possible that the country will soon see Obamacare repealed and a more affordable and reliable plan established in its place that will work as it was intended to.
If new healthcare leadership can garner any takeaways from President Obama’s administration, it’s that in order to truly make health care great again, consumers’ unique needs must be put first, rather than leave them with costly coverage plans and limited options.
Moreover, policymakers must steer clear of government intervention and avoid imposing unnecessary regulations.
Price recognizes that consumers are tired of seeing premium increases continue to creep up. He recognizes that those enrolled in the Obamacare exchanges will be negatively impacted by dwindling coverage options and a lack of competition.
He also recognizes that the narrow networks consumers now face will lead to more roadblocks when it comes to getting quality care, leaving them more frustrated than ever.
Most importantly, however, Price knows that Americans need and deserve healthcare that’s affordable, not a flawed system that keeps people from accessing the treatments and insurance coverage they depend on.
While the future of health care is uncertain, Americans can be confident that Price will take the necessary actions needed to ensure that lawmakers implement policies that protect and support our people, while upholding the true purpose of healthcare: improving the quality of life for consumers and taxpayers.
David Williams is president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization dedicated to educating the public through the research, analysis and dissemination of information on the government’s effects on the economy.
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