CHANTILLY, VA, February 10, 2017 – Virginians for Quality Healthcare (VQH) celebrates the confirmation of Dr. Tom Price as the newest member of President Trump’s cabinet, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). This long-awaited appointment is heralded by healthcare reform advocates across the country, and represents a unique opportunity to repeal Obamacare, finally. VQH expects repeal efforts on Capitol Hill to accelerate and to bring immediate relief to individuals — especially middle-class Americans — suffering the great financial burden of a failing program.
Secretary Price will have immediate authority to implement President Trump’s executive order, issued January 20, that instructs government agencies to “minimize the economic and regulatory burden” on individuals and states imposed by the “Affordable Care Act” (Obamacare). That law contains more than 1,400 instances authorizing HHS to issue regulations, many of which are considered to be unconstitutional, and has proven to be anything but affordable for individuals.
“Now that Secretary Price has been sworn into office, we urge the Trump Administration and Congress to accelerate work on a budget reconciliation bill that would repeal a large part of Obamacare,” said Nancy Piotter, VQH Executive Director. “The healthcare reforms that emerge from Congress must adhere to time-honored American values of individual freedom, limited government, and free market enterprise.”
VQH wants Americans need to know they already have legal, affordable alternatives to Obamacare, such as Direct Primary Care, Concierge Medicine, health sharing organizations, and that those without insurance can avoid paying a penalty to the Internal Revenue Service.
Virginians for Quality Healthcare (VQH) is dedicated to returning vital healthcare decisions to citizens through free market solutions rather than government mandates and bureaucratic intrusion. The grassroots network is a member organization of the Repeal Coalition on Capitol Hill. VQH believes in protecting the doctor-patient relationship, the freedom of providers to pursue the best treatment plans for individual patients, and the freedom of people to make their own healthcare choices.