Donald Trump's Stance on HHS
"One thing we have to do: Repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare. It's destroying our country. It's destroying our businesses. You take a look at the kind of numbers that that will cost us in the year '17, it is a disaster. It's probably going to die of its own weight. But Obamacare has to go. The premiums are going up 60 , 70 , 80 percent. Bad health care at the most expensive price. We have to repeal and replace Obamacare."
A complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act, as no citizen should be forced to buy health insurance. Congress should break down state barriers to allow insurance companies to offer plans in any state, as long as the plan is in compliance with state requirements. Give people the ability to deduct insurance premium payments from taxes, as businesses are already allowed this deduction. Further, Trump pushes for a review of Medicaid options to make sure everyone who wants healthcare coverage is able to afford it. Establish tax-free Health Savings Accounts, which could become part of an individual’s estate and passed on to heirs without an estate penalty. Additionally, all family members can use the account without penalty. Trump calls for price transparency from providers and hospital organizations, to allow individuals to shop for the best prices on treatments. Medicaid should be handled on the state level, including incentives, to ‘preserve our precious resources.' Break down barriers that prevent drug providers of less expensive, safe products from entering the free market. And consumers should be allowed access to safe, imported drugs from overseas.
“The reforms will lower healthcare costs for all Americans. They are simply a place to start. There are other reforms that might be considered if they serve to lower costs, remove uncertainty and provide financial security for all Americans,” Trump noted in his plan. “And we must also take actions in other policy areas to lower healthcare costs and burdens.”
Sources: on the issues.org, healthcareitnews.com,
Tom Price's Stance on Healthcare
Tom Price, an orthopedic surgeon from the suburbs of Atlanta, plans to offer fixed tax credits so people can buy their own insurance on the private market. Price wants expansion of health savings accounts, which allow people to save money before taxes to pay for health care. People with medical conditions couldn't be denied coverage under Price's plan as long as they had insurance for 18 months before selecting a new policy. Price's proposal limits the amount of money companies can deduct from their taxes for employee health insurance expenses. Companies can deduct up to $20,000 for a family health insurance plan and $8,000 for an individual. States would get federal money to create so-called high-risk pools under Price's plan.
The Impact of the New Administration
I think that Tom Price has strong plans for Healthcare. He is Pro-Life when it comes to abortion, and I definitely support his stance on this. "Regardless of where they stand on abortion, most Americans agree it should not be funded by taxpayer subsidies," Price said in a 2010 statement. "Giving abortion providers (funds) for other activities just frees up an equal sum of money to support their abortion practices.""It's time to end this sickening taxpayer subsidy of abortions," Price states.
I can't say what changes I think they will make in the next four years, but I do hope that only positive things occur. Changes definitely need to be made in Healthcare, and I think that Trump and Tom Price will be able to achieve that.