Healthcare Leader Profile:
Tom Price, M.D.
By Focus on the Family Issue Analysts
MARCH 2017 – Rep. Tom Price, M.D., currently represents Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he has served since 2005.
Prior to serving in the U.S. House, Price served four terms in the Georgia State Senate (1996-2004). He worked as an orthopedic surgeon for 20 years before entering public service.
What prompted Price’s drastic career change, going from orthopedics to public service? Price says he didn’t like government officials ― who had no medical training ― passing laws that directly affected his practice and his patients’ healthcare. He quickly rose to the position of Senate Minority Whip. In 2002, he was chosen by his peers to be the first Republican senate Majority Leader in Georgia state history.
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Since being elected to the “People’s House” in 2004, Price has been named Chair of the Republican Study Committee, as well as the Republican Policy Committee. Most recently, Price served as Chair of the House Budget Committee during the 114th Congress.
His legislative positions have been conservative:
- He is strongly pro-life, and has voted for legislation ending taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood;
- He voted for a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman;
- He opposed the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy concerning homosexuality; and
- He has opposed the creation of special rights based on sexual orientation.
On Dec. 5, 2017, then president-elect Trump tapped Price to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ― a cabinet-level agency whose mission is to “enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans.” Read Price’s official statement.
HHS has the core mission of “providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health and social services.”
As one of the largest government agencies, its annual budget is approximately $1 trillion and employs almost 80,000 workers.
If confirmed, as the new Secretary of HHS, Price will have the opportunity to:
- Revoke the “HHS Contraceptive” Mandate, requiring religious employers to violate their conscience by providing possible abortion-causing contraceptives in company health plans;
- Rescind the “Gender-Identity” Mandate, requiring physicians to violate medical ethics and their conscience by performing procedures relating to so-called “sex-reassignment” surgery; and
- Reverse HHS’s Hostile Position toward the Conscience Rights of Healthcare Entities, resulting in its refusal to enforce the Weldon Amendment when states, such as California, would require churches and other religious entities to provide abortion coverage for their employees.
Rep. Price’s Senate Confirmation hearing was held on Jan. 18, 2017. His written statement can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2jzR0mA.
“The status quo in health care is unacceptable. We know that far too many people suffer because they are unable to access the quality care and coverage they desperately need,” Rep. Price said.
“We know and have already seen that interference from Washington is not the solution. Instead, the Empowering Patients First Act returns health care decisions to patients, families and doctors, so that they, not government, can make choices rooted in compassion and common sense.”
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