Tom Price Confirmed As Secretary of HHS

The Democrats continued to stall as long as they could, but thanks to Harry Reid, stalling is the only bullet left in their gun.  Congressman Tom Price was confirmed in the wee hours of the morning on a straight party line vote.  A doctor is now at the helm of the agency that oversees Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security – and a $1.1 Trillion dollar budget.

Price will quickly resign his seat in Congress, leaving a special election for the Governor to call.  The other Georgia impact is that the state may quickly resume requests for waivers to begin Medicaid pilot programs to move patients out of emergency rooms and into care centers for routine medical services.

This was a pilot sought two years ago but the state ultimately withdrew its request after being told by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid they would most likely not approve such a waiver. An executive order signed by President Trump directs CMS to approve waivers where possible.  This is a stopgap measure while Congress debates changes to the Affordable Care Act and a potential replacement.

Congratulations to Georgia’s own Congressman Price.  He’s got a lot of work ahead of him.

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Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Having had six years to prepare to respond to the worst thing to ever happen to the country, Trump supporters can rest assured in the knowledge Price will execute a prompt and comprehensive repeal and replacement of Obamacare that limits health care cost increases, cuts taxes, and maintains a comparable quality and level of coverage.

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

I have a unicorn farm for sale…

gcp
gcp

I am very curious to see what changes Secretary Price can do administratively without congressional approval. Should be quite interesting.

The Eiger
The Eiger

It’s a really long list. The way the ACA was passed it left a lot of the rule making and new revaluations up to the desecration of the HHS secretary. Because of that Tom can undo them with his signature. I would think that Secretary Price will have his pen ready and signing quite a bet of things next week. There have been thousands of CMS rulings under the ACA that have been really harmful. I’d start there if I were him.

gcp
gcp

I agree.

The Eiger
The Eiger

I just reread this. That should be regulations and not revaluations. I blame others and not happy hour. Wow, desecration. Meant discretion. I’m done. Going back the bourbon for the weekend.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I agree there are things Price can do on his signature, but there’s a rule-making process to follow with respect to many things, and for things there aren’t we’ve just seem with the immigration Executive Order what slapdash preparation of inadequate vetting produces.

Notwithstanding, while it’s open season for potshots on the GOP not promptly completing major changes that were promised to occur quickly, and that they’ve had a half dozen years to prepare for.