February 10, 2017 Contact: Candice Owley, 414-899-7070
WFNHP President Candice Owley Statement on Confirmation of Tom Price for
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Milwaukee, WI-- As a nurse, and leader of the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals, representing 2,500 nurses and health professionals, I’m alarmed at the nomination of Tom Price to head our nation’s leading health agency, Health and Human Services, an agency whose mission is to protect the health and wellness of America’s families.
Congressman Tom Price’s track record and beliefs, in fact, pose a threat to America’s health, and to the financial well-being of our families and our health care institutions.
Congressman Price has been the leading voice to repeal the Affordable Care Act, without any replacement plan--a prescription for chaos.
Under Price’s proposals, more than 30 million Americans would lose health insurance coverage and
52 million people with chronic or existing health conditions could be ‘priced-out’ of coverage. Because of the ACA, we are protected from being turned-away or priced out of coverage if we get sick. That will no longer be true.
Here in Wisconsin, Price’s plans will cause major disruption in our residents’ access to care, dropping 430,000 from coverage, creating a fiscal crisis in our state, and causing a loss of 8,290 jobs.
Price would replace health coverage with inadequate vouchers, health savings accounts, and balance billing, sending more of us into debt. Ordinary working families would quite literally pay the price for his proposals.
His plan to ‘empower patients’ actually puts power back in the hands of insurance companies and tax breaks in the pocket of the very wealthy.
His apparent conflicts of interest raise serious questions as to whether patients really would come first, rather than donors and profits.
All told, Price’s positions on health care policies serve to advance the financial interests of donors and the very wealthy. We can’t afford to pay the high cost of Tom Price as HHS secretary.
Wisconsin FNHP is a division of AFT Nurses & Health Professionals, which represents more than 120,000 nurses and other healthcare professionals.
A Union of Professionals