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  • VIDEO: As Obamacare Support Falls, Lawmaker Offers Patient-Focused Plan

    Support for Obamacare sunk to 29 percent in the latest Associated Press poll. The widespread dissatisfaction with President Obama’s signature achievement is one reason Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) has developed health care reform that puts patients first rather than government.

    Price, chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, understands health care better than most. Before coming to Congress, he spent nearly 20 years in private practice as an orthopedic surgeon. He’s now using the lessons from that experience to undo the damage of Obamacare by promoting a plan called the Empowering Patients First Act.

    In a sit-down interview at Heritage this week, he shared his thoughts on the contrast between Obamacare and his patient-centered plan.

    “What we do is make it so that every single American has the opportunity to have health coverage that he or she wants and selects, not that the government wants for them,” Price explained, noting that his plan is not a mandate like the one in Obamacare.

    During the interview, Price also discussed efforts to repeal Obamacare and the implications of a Supreme Court decision next year.

    “If I had my druthers, we’d vote to repeal [Obamacare] every single week,” Price said. “At every single turn where we have an opportunity, understanding that this is divided government, we have done what we could do to turn back the clock on this piece of legislation.”

    He gave the class of Republican freshmen an A+ for their work in Congress.

    “What the 89 freshman have done is change the entire dynamic in Washington,” he said. “We’re now talking about, and the country is talking about, where to reduce spending, where to increase government efficiencies, where to decrease the size and scope and reach of government. … They’ve given new life to conservative principles, they’ve given new life to a responsible government and individual liberty and freedom.”

    The interview runs about 6 minutes. Hosted by Rob Bluey and produced by Brandon Stewart. For more videos from Heritage, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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    5 Responses to VIDEO: As Obamacare Support Falls, Lawmaker Offers Patient-Focused Plan

    1. Bobbie says:

      but i still see too much government involvement. why should the government be involved in promoting or advertising accessibility or what insurance offers? that's what I understood and that's also unconstitutional. what happened to reducing the costs of medical care? medicines for the terminal and chronically ill? and increasing competition in the private sector? why aren't people held accountable to their expense whether insured or not? Obama dictates the only way you'll get health care is by insurance??! why can't you just repeal obamacare and let the market go?

    2. Lloyd Scallan says:

      An overwhelming number of the citizens of this nation are against ObamaCare. Despite that fact, the final decision will come down to 9 judges, half of which are leftist, that time and time again refuse to rule based on our Constitution or any law that governs the people. Newt is right! Not only these 9 judges on the Supreme Court, but most judges that make rulings based on their personal agenda or politics, must be held accountable by the people, through their representatives in Washington, in full view of the nation, not behind closed doors or under the table deals that passed this ObamaCare in the first place.

      • Jill Maine says:

        I kind of like the idea of hoding judges accountable but could you imagine if BHO was doing that to conservative judges? That is what scares me because we may get rid of BHO but the future will give us another idiot like him. Another plastic blabbermouthed phoney to sell us down the river.

    3. Leon Lundquist says:

      I think this six out of six failure proves the Progressives never intended to improve Healthcare. What are the odds you could design a system and fail in every single way? They had to do it on purpose. I think Obama and his Chicago Gang are the very face of the Domestic Enemy. It is no mistake, these guys fully intend to screw things up. Call it Kloward-Piven or the Half Vast Left Wing Conspiracy, the Progressives in Congress ought to face criminal charges.

    4. Clark Jensen says:

      I have been a subscriber to Heritage for about a year now. I appreciate this type of inside information they provide. Thank you.

      I certainly want to see Obamacare repealed, but I am a little hessitant for government to try to fix anything in the health care system. I would be much more comfortable with free market solutions. I am a health care provider, most of the problems with healthcare would disapear if Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare went away and if on top of getting rid of those three we could get tort reform.

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