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Healthcare Groups React to HHS Secretary Confirmation

By Philip Betbeze  
   February 13, 2017

In a joint statement, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons praised Price, calling him "a staunch advocate for the preservation of the doctor-patient relationship, a fierce protector of private practice and a stalwart supporter of academic medicine."

Frederick A. Boop, MD, the association's president, said in a statement that "as a practicing physician, [Price] understands all aspects of the healthcare system, which is essential to run HHS effectively."

Other organizations bemoaned his confirmation, however.

Physicians for a National Health Program President Carol Paris, MD, called his appointment a "body blow to the health and welfare of all Americans," adding that Price's vision for reforming healthcare would result in millions of Americans losing their existing health insurance coverage, and millions more "having to make do with bare-bones policies that offer little to no meaningful protection." She also said he could be expected to "undermine" Medicare, Medicaid and safety net hospitals.

The Center for Medicare Advocacy, a Connecticut-based nonprofit that provides resources and legal help to Medicare beneficiaries and their advocates, warned that Price could be counted on to help House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) privatize Medicare.

"It would be tragic if renewed efforts to privatize Medicare succeed in returning the health of older and disabled people to the profit-driven insurance industry," CMA said in a prepared statement.

Other organizations were simply congratulatory, accepting Price's confirmation and attempting to move forward.

Philip Betbeze is the senior leadership editor at HealthLeaders.

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