Confirmation of Rep. Tom Price for HHS Secretary Will Endanger Nation, Women’s Health, NCJW Says


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Confirmation of Rep. Tom Price for HHS Secretary Will Endanger Nation, Women’s Health, NCJW Says


February 10, 2017 Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) called the Senate’s confirmation of Rep. Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services a danger to the nation’s health care system and to all of us who rely on it for our health and well-being. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) believes the Senate vote to install Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services will gravely wound our nation’s health care system. Representative Price is a leader in the ongoing efforts to deny women’s access to comprehensive reproductive health care, to repeal the Affordable Care Act, to gut Medicaid and Medicare, and to defund Planned Parenthood. Women of color, women with low incomes, children, LGBTQ individuals, and those seeking insurance with pre-existing conditions would be hit hardest by his proposed policies.

“In addition to Representative Price’s backward and heartless views on health care policy, he is a proponent of legislation that would enshrine into law one religious view about when life begins. He also has supported allowing doctors, insurers, and any others involved in the delivery of health care to use religion to deny care or coverage that doesn’t align with their religious doctrine — which would erode a patient’s individual religious liberty and ability to make personal medical decisions.

“Apart from his policy views, Representative Price is alleged to have exploited his position as a congressman to invest in pharmaceutical and medical-products companies, and to have received special deals to do so in violation of the law. Yet, the Senate committee overseeing his nomination did not permit a full exploration into these allegations. As a cabinet secretary, Representative Price must not only meet all the ethical standards prescribed for members of Congress, but he must avoid the appearance of any conflict of interest when he serves in the executive branch.

“The nomination of Representative Price fits within a trend for this administration of nominating individuals fundamentally opposed to the mission of the agencies they are to lead. NCJW will work tirelessly to prevent the harm to the health, economic security, and dignity of individuals and families, as well as to our nation’s health care system, that Representative Price would inflict on us all.”

 

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

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