Statement on Confirmation of Tom Price
Statement of Tennessee Citizen Action Executive Director Andy Spears on the confirmation of Tom Price as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services:
Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker voted yesterday to confirm Congressman Tom Price as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Voting to confirm Price at HHS is like voting to allow the fox to guard the henhouse. It simply defies common sense and Tennessee values. Price has been an advocate of the “repeal and run” strategy for dealing with the Affordable Care Act. His “plan” would leave more than 500,000 Tennesseans without access to health coverage and would strip vital protections guaranteed by the ACA from all health plans. I had the privilege of sitting with a middle Tennessee family as they explained how the ACA had helped them. The husband had a pre-existing condition and now has access to care thanks to the ACA. Tom Price would take that away. While our organization will continue to work with Senators Alexander and Corker on ways to keep the ACA in place, I am disappointed in their support of someone so eager to dismantle the protections it provides.
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