We speak from experience: Tom Price is right for HHS

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America’s healthcare system is currently undergoing a particularly intense period of transformation. This is partly due to the progression of scientific discovery and invention. At the same time, there is the application and implementation of new laws, rules, and regulations. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plays a pivotal role in this transformation. As former HHS Secretary’s, we personally know the immense responsibilities that come with leading the vast and complex collection of agencies that not only oversees a broad implementation of federal health policy, but also has the potential to impact Americans on a very individual level.

{mosads}As the healthcare system continues to evolve, it is critical that the HHS Secretary understands the legislative, budget, and regulatory process, the current state of healthcare system, and what changes need to be made to improve the healthcare system and the health of Americans. Price’s understanding of the process is further aided by his clinical experience and direct engagement of patients. Given these considerations we are confident that Price is an excellent choice to be the next Secretary of the HHS.

Price brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the job. As a practicing orthopaedic surgeon for over 20 years, he understands and appreciates the position of the individual patient in our healthcare system. In addition to helping found and run a successful private orthopaedic practice, he taught and trained new physicians — working at both Emory University School of Medicine as well as Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Healthcare is not an academic exercise for Price. It is not a distant policy or political debate. It is a passion and one he has dedicated his life to improving. He has cared for individuals from all walks of life, in a hospital and clinical setting, under any variety of circumstances.

Price currently serves as a member of Congress representing Georgia’s Sixth District. Price has a reputation as a deep thinker on policy, a leader in advancing real solutions to challenges who brings a tireless work ethic to his public service. During his time in elected office, colleagues have chosen him for positions of leadership – including most recently as Chairman of the House Budget Committee. 

Price has fought — both as a physician and a Congressman — for solutions that would ensure all Americans have the freedom to make their own healthcare decisions. He has seen firsthand the impact that regulations and laws can have on patients, physicians, and the delivery of care. He understands, as well as anyone, that the American people want a healthcare system that is responsive to their needs, affordable for themselves and their families, and driven by choices and innovation.

Price’s unique expertise make him more than qualified to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, particularly at a time when our country is continuing to debate how to reform and improve our healthcare system so that it can best serve all Americans.

Chairman Price’s involvement in the Doc Caucus, supportive vote of MACRA, and his Empowering Patients First Act reflect his commitment to continually move toward fiscally responsible, value- and market-based care that will holistically improve the health of individuals and the country. Price will fight for continuous improvements to the healthcare system, and champion innovation and the advancement of science to best and most innovative treatments are available for all Americans.

Both Michael O. Leavitt (2005-2009) and Tommy Thompson (2001-2005) served as Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush.

The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the views of The Hill.

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