GOP Docs Rise To Power As Congress Retools Health Care Law

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was part of the GOP Doctors Caucus while he served in the House of Representatives.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was part of the GOP Doctors Caucus while he served in the House of Representatives.

Andrew Harnik/AP

The confirmation of Tom Price, the orthopedic surgeon-turned-Georgia congressman, as secretary of Health and Human Services on Friday represents the latest victory in the ascendancy of a little-known but powerful group of conservative physicians in Congress — the GOP Doctors Caucus.

During the Obama administration, the caucus regularly sought to overturn the Affordable Care Act, and it’s now expected to play a major role determining the Trump administration’s plans for replacement.

Robert Doherty, a lobbyist for the American College of Physicians, the professional organization for internal medicine doctors, says the GOP Doctors Caucus has gained importance with Republicans’ rise to power. “As political circumstances have changed, they have grown more essential,” Doherty says.

“They will have considerable influence over the discussion on repeal and replace legislation,” he

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/02/10/514363742/gop-docs-rise-to-power-as-congress-retools-health-care-law?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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