Tom Price is up for confirmation for Secretary of Health and Human Services, the department responsible for the Affordable Care Act.
But now we learn, Tom Price may have broken the law and abused his position to gain from investments. According Reuters, “U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to run the Department of Health and Human Services may have broken the law by making a stock purchase just before he introduced legislation that would have benefited the firm, the Senate’s leading Democrat charged on Tuesday.”
In December, the Wall Street Journal reported that Price “traded more than $300,000 in shares of health-related companies” in just four years, “while sponsoring and advocating legislation that potentially could affect those companies’ stocks.” He did this while serving on powerful, health-related committees in Congress. He serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means (which affects Medicare) and the Congressional Health Care Caucus. In 2015, Price also became Chair of the House Committee on the Budget.
A letter by Senator Elizabeth Warren lays out all of the concerns that impact us, his vow to repeal the Affordable Care Act, included in this letter.
If that is not bad enough he’ll be the Trumps healthcare hatchet man. More from Forbes:
An avowed opponent of ACA/Obamacare, Price, a congressman and retired orthopedic surgeon, had proposed a bill that would have allowed physicians to “balance bill” rather than accept Medicare rates for procedures. This is a euphemism for charging whatever you want and having the patient make up the difference, part of the cynically and misleadingly named “Patient Empowerment Act.” This and the “empowering” repeal of protections for women again demonstrates the triumvirate’s (Trump/Pence/Price) skill in gaslighting the public.
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SO what will YOU do?
CALL CALL CALL – then tweet, comment on their facebook pages, and tell all of your friends. This commmittee is the same committee that grilled (Democrats) and glad-handed (Republicans) Betsy Devos Tuesday:
Start calling etc. Tuesday morning! If you’ve never done this before or need a pep talk read this.
First Contact your own Senator: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ and Congressman/woman (Representative to the House) Find Your Representative even if you’ve contacted them about something before, do it, register your opposition. Everyone will be voting on these confirmations Friday or next week.
Then contact members of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP): http://www.help.senate.gov/about/members there is a link to each members page, find their contact information and choose Washington DC office. These are the leaders of the committee:
Chairman Lamar Alexander (R): 455 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4944
Fax: (202) 228-3398
TTY: (202) 224-1546
Ranking Member Patty Murray WA (D): 54 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2621
Fax: (202) 224-0238
Toll Free: (866) 481-9186
Here is a list of all senators phone numbers: https://www.senate.gov/general/resources/pdf/senators_phone_list.pdf
Here is a list of all House of Representative members phone numbers and their committee assignments: http://www.house.gov/representatives/
Use Facebook and Twitter to contact each member of this committee and whomever else you have time to contact: http://triagecancer.org/congressional-twitter-handles/ and the GOP caucuses in the senate: @SenateGOP and house @HouseGOP.
Share your messages on social media, post on Facebook, tweet to friends, let us know what you said and how it went. Lets do this together! This is advocacy and our children need us!
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