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Trump Selects Tom Price To Dismantle Obamacare As Next Health Secretary

With Jill Stein’s charade unraveling and focus returning to adult matters, you should know that Donald J. “Lion-O” Trump, his sidekick Steve Bannon, and mistress of elections Kellyanne Conway have been working hard to make America great again by fulfilling yet another Trump promise – destroying Obamacare.

sx00052_9This utterly failed assault on the middle class was authored in large part by convicted felon, democrat operative, and Hufington Post contributor Robert Creamer, who wrote much of the Affordable Care Act from prison. Creamer, you’ll recall, was also in charge of the hate machine which sent paid agitators to Trump rallies to incite violence and mayhem. This architect of destruction visited the Obama White House 340 times – which included 45 meetings with President Obama, surely to talk about yoga and wedding plans.

4e16bb10-af6b-45ea-b632-fefa9d667368In order to put an end to this charade, Trump has appointed healthcare ninja, (and current chairman of the House Budget Committee) Dr. Tom Price, M.D. as Health Secretary of these great United States. Price, a six term Republican congressman from Georgia, has been a noted figure in opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

 

If President-elect Donald J. Trump wanted a cabinet secretary who could help him dismantle and replace President Obama’s health care law, he could not have found anyone more prepared than Representative Tom Price, who has been studying how to accomplish that goal for more than six years.

Mr. Price, an orthopedic surgeon who represents many of the northern suburbs of Atlanta, speaks with the self-assurance of a doctor about to perform another joint-replacement procedure. He knows the task and will proceed with brisk efficiency. (-NY Times)

While we don’t have any definitive insight into how exactly how this task will be accomplished, we do know that Trump told the NY Times he was in favor of keeping the preexisting condition and adult children provisions in Obamacare. As for Price, he introduced the “Empowering Patients First Act” in 2009, which promotes using tax deductions and credits to aid in the purchasing of private health insurance, state-based high-risk insurance pools, competitive interstate insurance markets, and medical debt repayment programs. (source)

csecWith a firm nod to Trump on what appears to be following through on a major campaign pledge, I sincerely hope our government also gets around to addressing the asinine cost of healthcare in the USA versus other advanced nations. A hospital stay costs an average of $1,825 in spain, $5,504 in Germany, and $15,734 in the USA. Having a baby in America will set you back anywhere from $9-$15K, versus $1,967 in Spain and $1,291 in Argentina. An MRI costs $1,080 in the US, and just $280 in France (source). Perhaps if our government cracked down on flagrant and excessive healthcare expenses across the board, premiums could drop substantially as insurance companies wouldn’t have to play games where everyone knows they don’t pay the full amount of the bill, while privately insured citizens are on the hook for the whole tab notwithstanding debt settlement or bankruptcy protection (which is why the medical debt repayment provisions in Price’s Empowering Patients First Act are excellent. Hopefully they translate to Trump’s plan).

While dismantling Obamacare and encouraging competition between insurance companies will undoubtedly translate to lower premiums (and more discretionary income in the pockets of consumers), something tells me the healthcare industry and their fleet of lobbyists are going to carve out a few life rafts for themselves to comfortably navigate the swamp with their inflated prices.

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10 comments

  1. peaches

    Stop comparing our great nation to these socialist experiments with dysfunctional economies.

    High healthcare costs and massive crowds of homeless are the hallmark of Freedom.

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  2. fxtradex6

    Imagine that, those low cost countries are all universal healthcare.

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  3. traderconfessions

    Feel free to have your child born in Argentina. But the cosst of drugs and medical care are absurd. It’s always easy to criticize the other party’s legislation. Let’s see how the Republicans do when they have the pen in hand. Let’s see how they protect the little guy from suffocating medical bills. Republicans love those lobbyists.

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  4. Mr. Cain Thaler

    Do you guys have any idea how much further along the research curve the US is than these other places? http://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/10-most-advanced-countries-in-medicine-364917/11/

    You don’t seriously believe that something as stupid as a government bureaucracy is going to completely change the cost of medicine? The low hanging fruit is about what Medicare has picked already with set reimbursement lists following CalPERs lead.

    The driving cost of medicine is the growth of services. Period. And once again, US altruism is doing all the work, picking up the whole tab, then spreading it around the world for free. US medicine is just the UN, NATO, Foreign Poverty Aid, …in a different form.

    If the US heathcare system costs what France’s does, one of two things has happened:

    1) advancement of medicine has screamed to a halt

    2) Europe has finally started pulling their own weight, and European medicine costs WAY more

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  5. traderconfessions

    Cain.. what do you mean by services? Aren’t services dispensed domestically rather than internationally? Problem is that Americans ignore their health .. ever been to Disney World where obesity is on display.. We drink too much, eat shitty food, don’t exercise, and want to live to be 100. That’s the problem.. Rest is bullshit. All this talk of personal responsibility never makes it to the waistline.

    Take a look…

    http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/adult-overweightobesity-rate/?currentTimeframe=0

    How about a fat tax or a weight loss rebate?

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  6. lol

    I agree obesity is a problem, but I’d have to see what the fat tax would look like before I could get on board. Does that mean you want the government paying people to go door to door and watch someone stand on a scale and record the results? Or track every purchase in some database and limit the amount of food they can buy and if they go over you feel morally justified not only tracking them but taking more of their money? Seems shady.

    There is a hidden/indirect fat tax… it’s called heart conditions, increased hospital visits, paying more in food, getting worse mileage on your car, lost social opportunities, being sick more often costing time away from work and dying early.

    If you passed a law against eating excessively people would simply break the law. Passing a law against texting while driving resulted in 25% more accidents in my state.

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  7. lol

    Cain, As advancements occur shouldn’t we eventually find a way to do more and more at a lower cost as in most fields?

    Seems the problem is we don’t have the manpower and the increased specialization required for higher quality requires even more doctors. We haven’t efficiently developed and integrated automation, artificial intelligence and robotics… that may be on the horizon but it is probably still a couple decades away.

    You could probably create AI to diagnose without mistakes…. you could even have a specialist perform surgery in NY on a patient in California through virtual technology combined with robotics… but we’re a long ways away from an AI robotics performing surgery and adjusting on the fly, moving robotic arms with exact precision on Z,Y, and Z axis while adjusting what it sees while monitoring several variables, potentially having to use several different tools or inject patient with drugs at a specific dosage and being able to adapt to new information as it comes with low chance of error.

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  8. ironbird

    Kill the fraud. It is how big gov really works. It is the heart and soul. Now that the useless commies may get the curb. We have a chance. Commie/Cronies are nothing but bloodsuckers to state the obvious.

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  9. Mr. Cain Thaler

    By “services” I mean, “in the 1960’s the doctor who diagnosed your untreatable disease gave you a complimentary pack of cigarettes and wished you well in putting your final life affairs in order”.

    Each treatment we develop has nothing but Ph.D’s and Masters degrees at every level, working on comluters, in labs, in offices, in production. It’s all very expensive.

    The cost does decline over time. But early pricing is set to recoup R&D efforts. Look at microwaves – the first sold in 1955 for $1,295 (that’s 1955 dollars).

    Now look at the development que for Rx and understand that every day is like that in medical insurance. Even as 1 particular service declines in price, 10 more specialty drugs or specific treatment gets approval, and they’re all priced like Harvoni.

    We’re the US. We get first access. That’s cool, because it improves our lives first and foremost. But we’re all rich and the medical industries are using our insurance mechanism as a financial arm to pay for the development process.

    So what kind of world do you want to live in?

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  10. zeropointnow

    Cain,

    Drug and device companies sell the same products for different prices in different regions. Maybe a portion of cost in the USA has to do with the available cutting edge treatments, but the same $9000 Medtronic Kappa pacemaker costs $3600 in France and $3,000 in India. I might not want the thing put in at Mumbai General, but there’s a huge difference. Same is true of drug costs. http://imgur.com/A4vqvKZ I get that this method of pricing is common practice for multinational companies, but it’s out of hand.

    Do we get stuck with higher costs forever just because we had early access?

    Surgical costs and hospital stays are insane in the USA. An 8 hour visit to the ER including the same MRI you’d get anywhere in the world is $10K in the USA (at least twice in our family). My mother in law’s 29 combined days in the hospital this year, bowel surgery, follow-up surgery, and 60 days of skilled nursing have cost a little under $300,000 YTD (of which something like half was paid out). No medical devices, simple surgeries, the recovery place was ghetto, etc.

    Our system is inflated, at least in part, because the healthcare industry takes advantage of our insurance system.

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