Democrats are looking to stop Donald Trump’s ambitious agenda, and Chuck Schumer has promised an all out war. Who’s their top target? Rep Tom Price. Per Townhall:
Serving since 2005, Price has been in the House for over a decade. Before representing Georgia’s sixth congressional district, he ran an orthopedic clinic for 20 years – making him well versed in healthcare policy. Price currently serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and has been one of the sharpest critics of Obamacare. He is a proponent of conservative healthcare reform and has introduced legislation calling for the privatization of Medicare.
Donald Trump’s choice of Price to lead the Health and Human Services Department is a clear sign that the president-elect is serious about reforming Obamacare. Democrats, however, have promised to keep in place President Obama’s most cherished legislative achievement. Blocking Rep. Price from becoming Secretary of Health and Human Services would accomplish two things: protect Obama’s legacy and throw a huge wrench into the GOP’s “repeal and replace” efforts.
The now-retired Harry Reid has left a brutal legacy of his own that Democrats must wrestle with. When Democrats controlled the Senate, Reid enacted the “nuclear option,” allowing for only a simple majority to confirm most nominees. Now that Republicans are in power; Democrats should be regretting that move as Trump will be ushering in his White House hopefuls.
However, as Schumer mentioned in the above video, Democrats feel emboldened after successfully defeating GOP efforts to reform healthcare in 2005. In their minds – it failed then so it will fail now. They want to make an example out of Rep. Price and show conservatives that healthcare reform is not feasible.
This is about two things: conserving a crappy healthcare law that has made health insurance more expensive and less varied for all Americans; preserving a system that would include perpetual bailout for insurance companies, and keeping the dream of universal, crappy government healthcare, beset by shortages and failures alive.
Don’t let them do it.