Tom Price’s promotion sparks a medical backlash

U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell. (AJC file)

U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell. (AJC file)

One of the first groups that rallied to Georgia Rep. Tom Price’s defense when he was tapped as Donald Trump’s new health secretary is also one of his most stalwart allies: The American Medical Association. And their strong endorsement has provoked a backlash from some doctors.

More than 5,500 healthcare providers have signed a petition penned by a trio of physicians – Drs. Jane Zhu, Navin Vij and Manik Chhabra, that contends the “AMA has not aligned with the well-being of patients.” They called their piece “The AMA Does Not Speak for Us.”

“The AMA represents approximately a quarter of physicians in the US — a loud, but minority voice,” read the piece.

They’re backing an AMA rival called the Clinician Action Network, which said its membership has surged after Trump’s election. Zhu told CBS News that the goal is not to block Price’s confirmation, but to fight his attempts to unravel the Affordable Care Act.

“We want to show our physicians’ organization that there are a number of physicians out there that feel Dr. Price’s policies are going to harm patients and we’ll do everything in our power to make sure that doesn’t happen,” she told CBS.

Price, a Roswell surgeon, may have more to worry about than this growing medical lobby. The New York Times reported that Democrats plotting a path forward – and focused on blocking attempts to restrict access to healthcare coverage – have settled on Price as a juicy target.

More AJC coverage on Tom Price:

Tom Price, the Georgian who will lead Trump’s health policy

Georgia Democrats target Tom Price’s vote on Confederate flag emblem

Tom Price, Kasim Reed and the Art of the Deal: Georgia edition

Price’s promotion sets off a scramble to fill his north Atlanta seat 

Confirmation appears clear for Georgia’s Price as health secretary

Scoop: Georgia Rep. Price expected to join Trump Cabinet

 


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23 comments
Chris Avers
Chris Avers

Tom Price is terrific and will be an awesome HHS. Secretary

Ralph Grunz
Ralph Grunz

Praise God.... What a Great American..... Finally an end to obamacaresless.... put it out of it's misery

Tracy Martin
Tracy Martin

Up next for Tom Price: Nullify The Hippocratic Oath.

Joey Henry
Joey Henry

Hey you guys voted for Trump. It'll blow up in your face \U0001f602

Tony Brown
Tony Brown

He's a doctor and very qualified.. I'm sure he's getting the best advice

Ryan Padgett
Ryan Padgett

Is there an actual pro Georgia page we can follow instead of this bias liberal garbage?

Larry Walker
Larry Walker

Why would anyone want to save ACA? Built and passed on lies about keeping your doctors or your current coverage, savings of $2500 per year and great coverage. All not true. Many who have it have such high deductibles, they can't even afford to use it. There are no savings, only higher premiums and limited coverage. This has been and hoax perpetrated on the American people. Just a big ole mess.

Marilyn Mitchell Davidson
Marilyn Mitchell Davidson

Not so. Perhaps you should read up on the ACA. Also, an attitude adjustment would be nice for you both!

Arden Jones
Arden Jones

Agreed. I look forward, as a liberal, to no longer have to pay for the opioids of the rednecks in dying red communities.

Joey Henry
Joey Henry

Arden Jones me too. When they all lose their coverage or their prices skyrocket even faster their tears and whining will be sweet sweet music \U0001f3b6

Kathryn Atha
Kathryn Atha

Thank goodness there are a few sane MDs who understand the value of the ACA!

Les Gazinski
Les Gazinski

There goes the AJC spreading fake news again.........

Les Gazinski
Les Gazinski

You lose "name calling" 10 yard penalty!

Joey Henry
Joey Henry

Nolan Teter they can't handle name calling. Unless their Messiah Trump does it. Then it's okay.

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

 General docs and specialists have gotten out of the business due to the massive regulatory burdens placed upon them by the failed Hussein ObamaCare health care 'program.' This is a program that only Goebbels, Castro, Chavez, Un and Ahmadinejad could only dream of - what with its unbelievable draconian requirements like penalizing folks who don't have the funds to participate. Sorry pals, but that is simply impossible if not un-American and quite dictatorial. The whole thing needs to be imploded and the honorable Representative Thomas Edmunds Price IS the ONLY Real Man who has the fortitude, intellect and passion to completely dismantle the whole illegal, failed idea. For Bill here and millions, this IS a dream come true. Still pals, ask any doctor who has dealt with the system and He will tell you that the whole thing has been a disaster, needs to be forgotten and scrapped and replaced with a true market-based system. Amen, Bill