Tom Price Appointed As Trump's New Health Secretary
President Donald Trump's latest Health Secretary is Tom Price. The Republican from Georgia is also an orthopedic surgeon and has been confirmed to oversee the health department with a budget of more than $1 trillion.
Trump's latest Health Secretary, Tom Price is also one of the most popular personalities who opposed to the Obamacare program and was skeptical about the government's move to oblige parents to vaccinate their children, The Independent UK reports. Currently a congressman, he also belongs to the group, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. The group is widely known for its unorthodox views and described the move to mandate parents to vaccinate their children as a "human experimentation" equivalent.
Selecting Tom Price as Health Secretary was tainted with several controversies. He has been persistent with questions on working for the healthcare legislation while trading in hundreds of thousands of dollars in health company stocks at the same time. News that the Democrats had boycotted the committee vote for his legislation also surfaced.
His current position will authorize allow him to rewrite implementing rules of the 2010 Affordable Care Act or the Obamacare. Republicans in Congress have already pledged to scrap the law entirely and would mostly materialize after Price's moves towards the Obamacare program.
Meanwhile, CNN revealed the possible contributions the new health secretary can contribute to the health sector. The possibility of refunding tax credits to those who buy policies in the individual market is one of the promises that Price commits on his watch.
Reduced assistance to lower-income US citizens is also expected from Price, being an Obamacare critic. Pushing high-risk pools for the sick and cap tax advantages for employer-sponsored health plans are also expected to materialize during his time as Health Secretary.
Tom Price is also expected to require carriers to provide insurance for Americans that already has pre-existing conditions with the condition that they are continuously covered. Those who will not meet such criteria under his Empowering Patients First plan would be charged up to 150% of the standard rate for two years of their health insurances.