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Friday, January 19, 2018

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Tom Price, the Secretary of Health and Human Services who led the four failed Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, resigned because of improper use of private charter jets and even more costly military transport.

He should have been fired for his repulsive lies about the Affordable Care Act and the cruel plans offered by House and Senate Republicans these past eight months.

Tom Price doesn’t deserve a lengthy review. Let’s just take a quick look at his biggest lies and celebrate his banishment.

The Failure Lie

Tom Price: “But the important thing is to appreciate that the market as it is right now is failing. Obamacare, the ACA, has failed.”

There was never a death spiral or an implosion of Obamacare, although Tom Price and President Trump did everything in their power to sabotage and undermine the Affordable Care Act.

The Premiums Lie

Tom Price: “You’ve got premiums going up, you’ve got deductibles where people have an insurance card but they don’t have any coverage.”

According to Price Waterhouse Cooper, in 2007, the last year of the Bush administration before the ACA, insurance premiums grew almost 12%. In 2016, the last full year of Obama’s presidency, the rate was 6.5%. The ACA had slowed the rate of premium increases by close to half.

The Coverage Lie

Tom Price: “A third of the counties in this nation that only have one insurer offering coverage, five states with only one insurer offering coverage.”

Today, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 91% of Americans are insured, more people than at any time in American history.

The Choice Lie 

Tom Price: “I firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially in the process that we’re going through, understanding that they’ll have choices that they can select the kind of coverage that they want for themselves and for their family, not the government forces them to buy.”

This was the sleaziest lie.

The Affordable Care Act put an end to empty, threadbare insurance plans where people would reach a limit of coverage and go bankrupt. Tom Price was always talking about “freedom.” As if someone feels free when they find out their insurance doesn’t cover a procedure or disease. Medical bankruptcies have been cut in half since the ACA. Freedom is coverage, not the “choice” to have inadequate insurance.

Goodbye Tom, you will not be missed.

Enjoy his resignation announcement below:

 

32 Responses to Good Riddance To Tom Price, Trumpcare’s Snake Oil Salesman

  1. For all of Price’s actions in the cabinet; I’m most disappointed in the $300,000 he made trading ion Congressional Insider information as a Congressman. I had hoped that people elected to Congress were above that, or at least their constituents would punish them for such actions.

    In Trump’s mind,, “That makes him smart”.

  2. The Trump administration is the most corrupt in America’s history. He appointed cronies most like him: oblivious to ethical requirements for government service, willing to lie and cheat for personal enrichment, and an elevated sense of self importance and entitlement. Trump himself is busy enriching himself at taxpayer expense while golfing away his days and the world tumbles on without America.

        • I found it under the title: “The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump.” I watched the first part. Pretty good and actual proof. However, with the intelligence level of trump supporters, it won’t mean a thing to them. If Trump pulled down his pants and defecated on the White House lawn, that would become the new norm for them.

    • And to think we hit rock bottom with Nixon. Isn’t it interesting when we get bad Presidents they’re usually a republican. DT said Mexico wasn’t sending their best and I have to say the same for the GOP

      • Hey Dan,

        That’s kinda unfair.

        Calling Trump most corrupt is premature, the guy’s only been on office about 250 days. The Grant and Harding Administrations beat Trump on corruption, at least so far. As far as corruption goes, Nixon was a piker.

        Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Eisenhower were Republicans too. But you’re absolutely right, the Republican bench is looking thin. I’d suggest it goes to Reagan saying the government is the enemy and then asking serious competent persons to work in and for that government.

        • Only 250 days and look where we’re at. As bad as other Presidents have been even they knew the constitutional limits they had. Even Nixon saw the handwriting and got out but 45 is illiterate and can’t read the signs. He’s putting great strain on the Constitution seeing just how far he can go. I remember the Reagan years well and I was no fan of his either. To this day the party faithful hold him in great reverence but compared to 45 I’m sure most of them wish he’d shut up ???? and resign before they have to consider impeachment

  3. Take healthcare away from sick and disabled to allow that white trash, price to live high on the hog with luxuries that could have paid off several hospital bills for people who have them. Is there anything lower than a republican mobster?

    • “According to Price Waterhouse Cooper, in 2007, the last year of the Bush administration before the ACA, insurance premiums grew almost 12%. In 2016, the last full year of Obama’s presidency, the rate was 6.5%. The ACA had slowed the rate of premium increases by close to half.”

      This is an absolute lie as premiums, for those without subsidies, have gone up in the 200% to 300% area since pre-omambacare days. Evidently, for liberals, a 12% increase is less than a 100% increase 🙂

      Around 50 counties have no insurer as health insurance companies have pulled out of that local market

      http://news.ehealthinsurance.com/news/average-individual-health-insurance-premiums-increased-99-since-2013-the-year-before-obamacare-family-premiums-increased-140-according-to-ehealth-com-shopping-data

      The number of folks without insurance is approximately what it was pre-obambacare, so the end affect of obambacare is higher premiums, higher deductibles and if unlucky, no health insurance companies in your county.

      https://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/11/the-number-of-americans-without-health-insurance-rose-in-first-quarter-2017.html

      https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/09/us/counties-with-one-or-no-obamacare-insurer.html?mcubz=1

      • Bulltrump. Kaiser Family Foundation: “Between 1970 and 2008, the share of the economy going to health care rose from 7.2% to an estimated 16.6%, or from about $356 per person in 1970 to an estimated $7,868 per person in 2008….Since 2000 (until 2008), the average worker contribution for a family health insurance policy has increased 107%, from $1,619 to $3,354.”

        The rate of increase AVERAGED 15% for the five years pre-ACA (meaning premiums more than doubled), and have AVERAGED 5% from 2010 until now. There were 20 states pre-ACA that had a single healthcare insurer, and around 50 counties that had none. The surge in insco pullouts lately has had more to do with the Obese Orange Morangutan doing everything possible to signal to them that the good old, charge whatever you want for zero coverage days were returning. It’s good that the idiot is listening to Rand Paul now and trying to have somebody (lord knows it won’t be HIM) do SOMETHING to enable and encourage buying groups across state lines (according to Paul, the 1975 ERISA law allows it.) There has NEVER BEEN a federal restriction on cross-state buying, but state laws overlap and produce “niches” for large insurers in given states that out-of-state insurers cannot overcome.

        In 2008, 20 states (all of the midwest) had over 14% uninsured. In 2015, that number dropped to 2 states (AL and TX). Thanks Sarah and Rick!! Google “health_insurance/infographic_all_50_states_2008_to_2015” for the maps.

        • Excellent analysis, but, much of the percentage increase in health care costs can be attributed to our aging society and of course, obambacare which neutered hope of competition between health care insurers.

          “In 2008, 20 states (all of the midwest) had over 14% uninsured” and in 2017 the uninsured rate is around 11.7%. obambacare increased the number of insured by around 2.3% but doubled/tripled individuals health insurance rates from pre-obambacare days, for those folks who don’t get subsidies. Also, at the same time the deductibles went up by a similar margin (200-300%).

          For instance, under obambacare a family that pays around $6,000 a year for health insurance which now has a $7,000 deductible could incur a total of $13,000 annual health care spending, before their insurance kicks in.

          So, for the the 2.3% increase in number insured our healthcare insurance industry has been decimated . . . definitely a Socialist concept. This same 2.3% of folks were actually covered before obambacare because all they had to do was show up in the Emergency Room and everyone else, who bought Health Insurance, paid their bill.

          Prior to obambacare health insurance would have cost in the $3,000 a a year range (for the above referenced family) with around a $3,000 deductible. So, doesn’t it look like, after obambacare we have lost significant ground?

          Health insurance “could have cost” around 50% more in 2017, over the pre-obambacare rates . . . . . . not the 200-300% rate increases and deductible increases folks are currently paying.

          As for individual states and their health insurance fiefdom’s, you are 100% on target . . . eliminating that would go a long way to lowering health insurance costs for all Americans as that would introduce “competition” into health insurance, like its never seen before.

          The ultimate way to reduce health care costs is with competition between hospitals and health professionals . . . competition works everywhere else in America . . . . but flies in the face of obambacare’s Socialist root.

          https://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/2017/02/16/spending-growth

          http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/10/news/economy/health-care-uninsured-rate/index.html

          • Yet more bulltrump: “Prior to obambacare health insurance would have cost in the $3,000 a a year range (for the above referenced family) with around a $3,000 deductible. ”

            Average increase for the five years prior to ACA was 15% PER YEAR, meaning premiums doubled every 7 years. The 2010 to 2017 increase would then match the 200-300% you’re quoting for ACA rates – meaning that the ACA AT WORST didn’t reduce premiums but added the 10 essential coverages, eliminated prior conditions, added staying on parents healthcare plan, wellness visits, etc. at no additional cost.

            The mythical $3000 per year policy you’re talking about is the one that has a $10000 lifetime cap and covers only ER visits. In essence, it covers nothing, but lets the insco CEO buy a new yacht every year using your money.

          • “For families purchasing coverage directly from insurers (sometimes referred to as non-group or individual health insurance), a recent survey by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) found that the average costs for family coverage in 2006/2007 were $4,309 for a family headed by a person age 30-34 and $7,881 for a family headed by a person age 55 to 59.

            Deductibles (2008) for family policies in the individual health insurance market averaged $2,753 for preferred provider and point-of-service plans and $5,329 for plans that permit purchasers to have a health savings account or medical savings account.”

            https://www.kff.org/health-costs/issue-brief/health-care-costs-and-election-2008/

            Since obambacare came into effect the average increase in rates and deductibles is is has doubled or tripled for some folks.

            https://resources.ehealthinsurance.com/affordable-care-act/much-obamacare-cost-2017

      • Sorry rich, but the premiums have been climbing by double digits and now are even larger. You’re obvious lie of 6.5% is nothing but a lie and you know it. You got the part about the number of uninsured correct. Those who had healthcare, can’t afford it now! The premium increases and the higher deductibles and the employers who dropped covering employees have taken their toll.

        http://time.com/money/4535394/obamacare-plan-premium-price-increases-2017-states/

        • “According to Price Waterhouse Cooper, in 2007, the last year of the Bush administration before the ACA, insurance premiums grew almost 12%. In 2016, the last full year of Obama’s presidency, the rate was 6.5%. The ACA had slowed the rate of premium increases by close to half.”

          I stated and referenced the 6.5% rate increase was a bogus lie by Price Waterhouse . . . . as an example of how far out the Left is, from REALITY; i.e., can’t use real honest numbers to prove anything they assert.

          My statement is and was:
          “This is an absolute lie as premiums, for those without subsidies, have gone up in the 200% to 300% area since pre-omambacare days. “

          • You can refuse to believe the sources that show that the premiums are increasing in upper double digit numbers and that insurers are pulling out all you wish. It STILL does not make your lies true.

            Even news sources like the Detroit Free Press, about as liberal as a rag can get, are crying that the premium increases are killing obozocare!

            Your number of 6.5% is nothing but a lie and you know it! I’m sure you wish to believe the FAKE MSM but it makes you vulnerable to getting your posts shredded as your comments are based upon lies, not reality.

            You may claim the sources that premiums are going up 65% are being wrong, but you have no supporting evidence. Meanwhile there are dozens of news sources that show the same 65% increases.
            Have a nice, uninformed day.

          • For an “informed voter” you sure have a problem reading an comprehending what is before your eyes.

            The reference to Price Waterhouse’s bogus data is what many on the Left actually believe.

            The reference, for instance is for a year-to-year increase, not from them time obambacare came to life and current day (2017) rates (cumulative) which are two to three times what they were pre-obambacare.

            http://time.com/money/4535394/obamacare-plan-premium-price-increases-2017-states/

          • Sorry Rich but you’re still WRONG! You use my link, that claims that “if folks were upset about last year’s 20% increase (from the year before), then they’ll really love another 30+% increase from LAST YEAR’s rates.

            The number of insured now is practically the same as pre obozocare days. The difference is that working class, middle class folks are the ones without healthcare now and it’s the freeloaders who have coverage. That’s part of the reason that those working class, middle class voters abandoned the Dems and voted for President Trump.

            No matter, obozocare premiums are rising FASTER than pre-obozocare rates were. The policies are horrible compared to the plans the workers had. obozocare is dying so perhaps Pelosi was right when she said we have to pass it to see what’s in it. So far, it’s been a yuge failure and the voters will blame the Dems when it dies for not working with the GOP to repeal and replace it.

  4. Well, Price is gone, (give thanks here) but the rest of the swamp critters, most notably Pruitt, still remain. Only when all these destroyers of our country are gone and out of sight and mind, will we be able to rest and get along with our business of just being Americans.

    • We will never be able to rest, nor should we. Remaining vigilant is the new norm. Look how quickly the white supremacists, white nationalists and nazis came back out from under the rocks as soon as they thought they had a champion in trump.

      • I’m ready to bury every last one of these haters for good. We must not let their hate campaign go unanswered or we’ll get more pols like trump in the future. Right now we have the real threat of Roy Moore poised to be Alabama’s newest Senator. I hope justice prevails on Election Day December 12th

        • Sorry Dapper, but Judge Moore will handily win. He’s even a bigger President Trump supporter! So a “never Trump” leaves and is replaced by a stronger supporter. YUP, President Trump’s base is eroding. HaHaHa.

    • I didn’t see your comment before I made mine. Another One Bites The Dust sums up the failures of Trump and his miserable administration. On a side note Manuel Lin Miranda responding to Trumps most horrible tweet yet said that he is going straight to Hell. I just hope he doesn’t take all of us with him

  5. For the rest of the story on this creature, read “Out Of The Ooze, Story of Dr. Tom Price” by Alexander Zaitchik. It’s only 36 pages and packed with facts.
    Price is a real piece of work.
    But just when I think trump has picked the lowest and least qualified, he manages to dig a little deeper into the muck (being from there himself, he knows where to look) I’m sure there are more to replace him. I guess we’ll just have to stay tuned.

  6. Ha ha ha, that was what I put into the Facebook post the day he resigned on the Washington Post breaking news story.
    But who cares, we have 3 or 4 more to “bite the dust”.
    Pruitt, Mnuchkin and Zinke have all be exposed to have done the same or similar things as Price. The only reason Rumple Carsonskin isn’t on the list is that they have failed to adequately wake him up long enough.

  7. What went around came around for Tom. What a detestable, arrogant, and inveterate liar Tom proved to be. Does Trump have the ability to pass on habitual lying to all in his deranged orbit bu osmosis, or are there so many politicians conditioned to be liars and as hypocritical as Tom Price is? Does Tom even give a damn that he has been exposed as a lying cheat who proposes one line of action for others, yet refuses to apply the same standards to himself?

    Tom, Trump, and the entirety of this Administration are a barometer of how sick the nation is, are indicators of to what depths of decadence so many are willing to sink to, and harbingers of the dangerous direction America is being steered by a most corrupt Administration. An Administration which has no awareness of the importance a good character is to the stability of any nation.

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