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Statement: NASW opposes confirmation of Rep. Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) opposes the Senate confirmation of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to become Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) over concerns he will erode health care protections for millions of Americans and support efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

HHS is one of the most important federal agencies that oversees social safety net programs, including child welfare, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and food and drug safety. The agency affects the health and well-being of millions of Americans.  That is why it is important to examine the qualifications, ideology and record of the HHS secretary.

Price, who is an orthopedic surgeon, has an abysmal record when it comes to ensuring all Americans have access to quality health care. NASW believes he is not qualified to become the next leader of HHS.

NASW also supports the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has provided health care coverage to millions of previously uninsured Americans, and wants Congress to work on legislation to strengthen and improve ACA.

Price has been a vocal critic of health care reform and has been one of the most outspoken advocates in the U.S. House of Representatives for repealing ACA.  A demonstration of Price’s antipathy toward health care coverage for all citizens is his proposal to replace a ban on insurers who deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions with a provision requiring continuous coverage for the previous 18 months.

This proposal would open a loophole that ignores people who lose existing coverage when they are unemployed. It also creates a loophole for those who are forced to change insurance coverage due to rapidly escalating premium costs or being dropped by their insurer.

Price has an established Congressional voting record of supporting policies that would severely damage health care protections and progress that has been made in improving the health of Americans. In his push to dismantle ACA, Price proposes replacing it with the Empowering Patients First Act—a plan that could leave 21 million Americans currently insured under ACA without coverage.

Price was an architect of the Republican budget that would end the Medicare guarantee to senior citizens and transform it into a voucher program.  He is also a leading advocate for overhauling and privatizing Medicare and has said Medicare privatization is his top priority.

NASW has opposed efforts to privatize Medicare in the past, and will oppose any future efforts to privatize Medicare or turn it into a voucher program. Our nation should be looking for pragmatic ideas that protect and strengthen Medicare instead of phasing out the program.

The confirmation of Price would put the nation on a direct path to end Medicare as we know it, raising health care costs and more importantly breaking a fundamental promise to provide health care coverage to Americans who are older.

Price fully supports block granting Medicaid programs. This would divert federal funds that millions of low-income single adults depend upon into more uncertain state grants. Converting Medicaid into block grants would also give some states an excuse to sharply cut spending on care for people who are indigent or drastically reduce patient services.

Beyond Price’s positions on the ACA, Medicaid and Medicare, here are other reasons NASW opposes his confirmation:

  • Price would likely pursue policies that ultimately erode our nation’s health and security – eliminating health coverage, reducing access, shifting more costs to working people and their families, and leaving the most sick and vulnerable Americans at the mercy of the health care industry. Health care social workers each day see first-hand the health and social impacts of health care policy and are often the frontline defense for patients and their families as they struggle with the social impact of poor health care.  Instead of rolling back the protections we currently have the United States should strengthen, improve, and expand public systems (ACA, Medicaid, and Medicare) to cover all Americans.
  • In the domain of LGBTQ rights Price opposed the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”; opposed marriage equality; supported a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as “one-man-one-woman”; and voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, legislation that would have prohibited job discrimination based on sexual orientation. With his lack of support and sensitivity to LGBTQ rights, Price could endorse funding of conversion therapy, a dangerous and thoroughly discredited practice condemned by NASW and every other major professional mental health organization.
  • NASW is concerned that Price has no qualifications to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Beyond having earned a medical degree and running an orthopedic surgery practice, he has no experience managing a large and complex government agency.
  • Price has made statements supporting “personal responsibility” that clearly imply that if a person cannot afford payments necessary to obtain medical insurance—or pay for deductibles and copayments—cost of indicated medical care would not be addressed or resolved through government action or programs.
  • In looking at his voting record, NASW is taken aback by votes that include:

– Opposition to allowing Medicare to negotiate bulk discount prices on inflated prescription drug costs;

– Opposition to giving mental health services full equity with physical health;

– Opposition to expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program;

– Denial of non-emergency treatment for those who lack funds to meet Medicare co-payments;

– Voting against expanding research on embryonic stem cell research; and

– Repeated votes to restrict reproductive rights for women.

It is our opinion that the incoming HHS Secretary should focus on immediate concerns of strengthening our child welfare system, improving public health, addressing the gaps in mental health and substance use disorder research and programs, and making our food and drugs safe for consumption.

With the many medical, behavioral health, public health and social services challenges confronting the United States, the nation needs an HHS secretary to help guide us toward sustainable resolution of these challenges. For example, instead of making the repeal of ACA an immediate priority, Price should focus on reversing the disturbing trend that life expectancy in the United States has declined for the first time in 23 years.

It appears that Price’s ideology holds a position that views health care as a commodity. The implication is that quality health care is accessible to only those who can afford it. This position is contrary to that held by most physicians. Most of the public and even the publicly stated positions of President-elect Donald Trump.

NASW finds this nomination to be troubling. It is important to mention that the Senate is under no obligation to confirm a nominee whose policy views are so outside the mainstream and opposed by a clear majority of Americans, including the President-elect who campaigned on a pledge to not cut Medicare or Social Security.

Social workers represent a significant part of America’s health and human services workforce. We do not take that fact lightly.  One of the profession’s basic and fundamental values – from its inception – is to advocate for the well-being of the of the country’s most vulnerable citizens.

Therefore, we insist that HHS be led by someone who is fully committed to re-affirm the department’s mission of protecting health and providing essential human services to Americans.

The National Association of Social Worker is part of coalitions that are working to stop Price’s confirmation. We are also urging our members and the larger social work community to contact their senators to oppose the confirmation. For more information contact NASW Social Justice and Human Rights Manager Mel Wilson at mwilson.nasw@socialworkers.org.

 

36 comments

  1. Shouldn’t NASW spend more time researching evidence-based practice that will promote Social Work in the health care setting rather than obsessing on reasons to oppose very Cabinet member nominated by President-Elect Trump?

    Feel free to ask me about the Republican alternative to the ACA, including interstate commerce, tort reform and a more open market for insurance companies to create policies that consumers will purchase to meet their individual health needs?

    • Thank you Beth!! I completely agree. The hysteria and catastrophizing going on may warrant some CBT intervention. It looks like NASW has fallen prey to hyperbolic rhetoric. I would prefer they focus on the incredible shrinking social work departments in hospitals across the country; voice their outrage for the erosion of the professional identify of clinical social workers within health care; and understand that the NASW leadership does not necessarily represent the membership in their political views.
      Thank you for speaking out Beth!

      • I whole heartedly agree re social workers (LSW and LISW) in hospital systems just disappearing off the floors on hospital systems. It used to be that hospital systems had a bona fide SOCIAL WORK DEPARTMENT. Now, the social workers no longer have a department of their own. Rather, the cards have been shuffled and the existing social workers work under the department of CASE MANAGEMENT, 99.9% of the time headed up by nurses. Our voice as a profession is eroding in hospital systems….one by one…..what is next?

      • Hopefully, if the leadership doesn’t represent your values, our code of ethics do. Vigilance in service to preventing fascism, a police state, autocracy, oligarchy or plutocracy and the destruction of the planet, is the role and mandate of a free citizenry. Under the circumstances, you can’t be vigilant or hyperbolic enough!

    • Please tell me how turning medicaid into a block grants program will support the many people who have disabilities and rely on medicaid/ waiver programs to ensure that their needs are met.

    • Thank you for speaking out. I agree NASW is letting fear generate polarizing political preaching.

  2. I do not appreciate NASW belittling of his qualifications. Obtaining a medical degree and running a successful orthopedic practice are no small feats. It is okay to disagree with his perspective, but to trying to make it seem like he has no relevant experience is a low blow. Take the high road.

    • This reminds me of the books written by George Lakoff. Very enlightening and insightful. Success in one field of work, does not make someone qualified in another field of work (that’s why I don’t perform surgery). In addition, being successful in business does not mean someone is above scrutiny, especially when they have decided to work in politics. In fact, I would argue, being in politics is the definition of putting yourself out their for feedback, since you are serving us, and we are the bosses hiring you and deciding how you are performing. Lastly, I don’t subscribe to the value system that says if someone is rich and/or successful in business, that that automatically defines them as more worthy, beyond scrutiny or successful as a person in general. Good people live under bridges and bad people live in gold towers.

    • Screw you lind! That man want some to ruin the lives of millions of Americans including my entire family! A medical degree doesn’t give you the right to make decisions that negatively affect millions just to give the financial elite their much sought after tax breaks, while millions of hardworking Americans die in the process. But you want to talk about his education? To hell with his “No small feat”! Plenty of Americans have gained The same degrees. He USB a medical professional, which makes this even worse! He should be looking toward helping Americans instead of hurting us! His views would destroy the lives of millions of elderly and disabled people who don’t have the ability to work or pay out of pocket for health insurance, But OH, his education is “No small Feat”! What an ignorantly douche!

  3. God help us all. If there are so many in this country without insurance under an employer….then, it becomes catastrophic to begin to consider the option of purchasing an individual insurance policy…if you don’t qualify for Obama Care nor Medicaid guidelines. Yikes….the ONLY industrialized country that doesn’t have in place universal health coverage for ALL citizens…yes, indeed…the USA.

  4. NASW has every right to express their political views as it pertains to social workers’ lives and the lives of the millions of indigent and vulnerable citizens to whom social workers provide services. Anyone who has billed an insurance company for a service provided to a client, knows that health insurance companies will do anything to avoid paying, they have many types of stalling strategies…..and many times just do not pay. Interstate commerce (selling insurance policies across state lines) will only worsen the plight of social workers as insurance companies will not be regulated on the state level, where practitioners at least currently (in some states) have a way to mitigate insurance company abuses. Social workers who work with clients in direct practice know, however imperfect the ACA is, it has had a tremendous positive effect in people’s lives. Improving the ACA is the right direction to go, not ripping the ACA – with its protections – away from people. This will only, create uncertainty without replacing it with any other positive alternative. Suffice it to say, protecting doctors via tort reform is hardly a positive alternative.

  5. Actually, Tom Price has been the Representative in Congress from the district where I live in Georgia for a long time, though I have never voted for him. Many, many of his positions and votes in Congress have been directly in opposition to the values and code of ethics of social workers, for as long as I have lived in his district, and I have repeatedly called and sent letters when I disagreed with his positions. It has been his specific agenda for a LONG TIME, in fact since he went into government and left his actual practice of medicine a long time ago, to dismantle our system of benefits for the vulnerable, including Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. As a medical doctor who went into politics, it has always seemed he was more concerned about doctors getting the maximum financial payments and not concerned that lower income and more vulnerable people get access to medical care. Most of my clients here in his area of Georgia fall in that category. Therefore, the minute I saw that President elect Donald Trump selected Rep Price to be the next Health and Social Services secretary, I knew that we, and especially some of our clients would be in for big trouble. Personally, as a 60 year old LCSW, my anger and also fear of losing access to Medicare and Social Security, something I have relied on as part of my retirement planning since my earnings are not great and thus savings are not sufficient, and my current job does not even have a 401K, to support myself in my not too distant retirement. I have paid into Medicare and Social Security for 44 years, with every paycheck. He wants to put any alternatives in the hands of private profit making companies. He is an Ayn Rand enthusiast, but even she spent the last years of her life depending on her Medicare and Social Security. My profound disagreement with his appointment and his ideas are thus both personal and professional, and most of all with concerns for the grave impacts on those most vulnerable or most in need among our clients, but of all in our country will be impacted by programs of his designs. As a social worker profoundly committed to our NASW code of ethics, I watch and listen in horror at many of the actual policies (or lack thereof in the case of repealing with no replacement even developed of the ACA) and positions discussed by the incoming president and his nominees. It’s time to go back to our activist roots, as social workers. As a start, I am going to march in Atlanta’s March for Social Justice, in solidarity with the larger march in Washington DC on Janurary 21! I hope many of you fellow NASW members will join in any of the marches across the country on that day!

    • Joseph Meyer, ACSW

      Thanks for you comments. We need to know who and what we stand for and who will work to block all we have tried to accomplish as Social Workers. We need to continue to speak up and I thank NASW for doing so!

      • I agree Joseph Meyer and Julie Knop, and Michael Koetting – the NASW is paying attention and commenting on their perspective and has every right to do so. I for one am thankful that they are willing to stand against those who would tear us, and those less fortunate down. I would not diminish someone’s accomplishments, but pointing blatantly to why they are not a good choice for America is exactly what I would expect from the NASW. I am glad to see action being taken against the possible atrocities we will soon be facing head-on.

    • Thank you Julie for presenting a rational argument for the NASW to not support his confirmation. It amazes me how the Trumpeteer’s forget the opposition and political stupidity congress engaged in during the 8 years of the Obama administration. It appears that much of this commentary is rationalization for voting to take our country in a direction that we will all regret!

    • Katy grohens, Lisw/ lcsw

      You are so right on! I am with you on every point you made for our clients and our own retirement.

    • Great info! I hear you and agree!

    • I marched in Chicago. It was not to be missed. The day was glorious. My friend and I are activists, and she with her broken leg, and I with a broken pelvis limped along with our hot pink rollators in order to show our support to the many issues that in the cross hairs of our President. (I can’t say his name.) The fact that I am a social worker is so central to my identity, and is woven into my fabric that is the rainbow flag.
      Keep on, Activists. We have so much work to do, and we do it in the homage to the Activists who have gone before us. Rosa, Jane, Susan B., Emma, Martin, Harriet, et al. I am so indebted and in gratitude to them all.

    • Thanks so much for sharing your perspective! Based on your familiarity with his career, do you think Price believes in the profession of social work? Do you think he believes it is a needed profession? There may be cause for concern if social work is seen as a “leftist” profession.

  6. Again the NASW has chosen to stand in opposition of an appointment based on opinion and belief of what might occur. Many social workers value his experience and feel that having a physician with his experience serving in this position could prove an asset to the health care system. I liked my doctor and I liked my plan. I lost them both. The ACA has been a disaster since insertion. We now know what’s in it so let’s get behind repeal and replace.

  7. I’m in FAVOR of NASW speaking against Tom Price. It IS our professional duty to uphold the NASW Code of Ethics- which is against discrimination of others. Price’s clear bias against certain groups causes many of us great concern. I think NASW has an obligation to inform membership of Price’s track record.

  8. No matter what your political views, I have one question: What happened to the average middle-income American? I am a MSW, LCSW with 27 years of post MSW experience. I have worked in multiple facets of the Social Work profession. I have learned a great deal and I have cared a great deal! However, my partner couldn’t afford to go to college! My partner worked very hard to get to a state job with great benefits but not great pay! I still owe thousands of dollars on my college and graduate school loans! With our two kids, a mortgage and everyday living expenses, how am I (we) ever going to pay back my student loans? The work that Social Workers do is incredibly important, incredibly stressful, incredibly challenging and incredibly under-paid!!! When is someone going to STAND-UP for US and give US a break?

  9. Progressive colleagues:

    For those of you who have stated political conservatives do not belong in the profession, please petition NASW to declare that membership is not open to us. That would also need to be included in the Schools of Social Work criteria for admission to BSW, MSW and doctoral programs. Then, NASW will also need to revise the Code of Ethics to remove the 6.0 section statements that prohibit against discrimination based upon political beliefs. Finally, NASW would then be able to petition state licensing boards from granting social work licenses to those who may be Republican, Libertarian, or other conservative in party affiliation.

    If you really want to be inclusive, then please allow for continued open discussions via this blog and quit trying to shame those of us who view opportunities for improvement in a different way.

    • Thanks for sharing your perspective! What’s a politically conservative position (or positions) with respect to social work practice?

      I don’t think I read any comments that said “conservatives don’t belong” in the profession. But your comments above clearly reflect your frustration. I think we can all be more specific about advancing policies and practices that help social work clients, many of whom may consider themselves “conservative.”

      And I’m not sure where you stand on religious organizations and social work practice, but many of course do fantastic work, and are deeply connected with schools of social work – for example, in providing internships and training for students of all backgrounds.

      One more thing – if there’s anything that’s an evidence-based practice, it’s that the quality of the real relationship between a social worker and client is determinative of the outcome for the client. So let’s draw on this relationship-building strength and skill and all be good to each other. Anyone who wants to help those in need belongs in social work. The impulse to help is a human impulse.

      • Heather,

        There have been many statements on this blog from NASW members telling us that conservatives don’t belong in the Social Work profession. The highest number of these are contained in the blog stating NASW opposed Jeff Sessions’ nomination for Attorney General.

        All Social Workers are bound by the NASW Code of Ethics. The Code is not a “Thou Shall” or “Thou Shall Not” document, but a guide for decision making by Social Work professionals.

        Political conservatives believe in individual rights, individual beliefs, a free market, the ability for one to work to succeed, caring for those in need and keeping government functions to a lean operation to protect our citizens. We believe in decentralization of government operations. We believe in states’ rights. We believe in the need for strong evidence of service outcomes to determine better ways of serving people, while minimizing the tax burden for the U.S. citizen. We believe in safe, legal immigration. We believe in consequences for those who break our laws and rewarding hard work.

  10. I am glad that the legislative committee within NASW is taking this strong stance against a nominee who has taken stances against improving American’s access to health care.

  11. All Americans, as well as anyone else in this country, have access to healthcare. What not all of them have, is third-party payer coverage to pay for healthcare. Many of the high costs of healthcare stem from the entire third party payer claims process, as well as government-required oversight of healthcare. The ACA offered millions of taxpayer dollars (out of your and my pockets) for “Accountable Care Organizations”. These ACOs were meant to design seamless healthcare delivery systems for patients. None of them has succeeded to date.

    Worse, NASW and the Social Work profession had a wonderful opportunity to LEAD innovations to create a seamless system for healthcare delivery, from prevention to healing and end of life. SOCIAL WORK FAILED TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE!!

    As a taxpayer, health care consumer and health care professional, I endorse Dr. Price’s expertise to lead HHS toward a more efficient, effective care delivery system that changes HOW we deliver care, not just pay for it.

    • I appreciate you voicing your point of view on this board, and believe that you have every right to do so. I think we can disagree without getting petty. The NASW is made up by its members including conservatives, and I think that we each have something to add. That being said if you find yourself disagreeing with the NASW stances on major issues it may make sense to re-consider wanting to be a part of it. Though I would hope that wouldn’t be the case, we need your voice as much as anyone’s.

      I will say in all honesty that it does confuse me that having mostly conservative views matches with the SW profession – I admit my ignorance here. The NASW is – in my opinion – taking into consideration this nominee combined with all the other nominees and appointees of the Trump administration. Again – in my opinion – the SW field (all of us) are in for bigger challenges than we could imagine with this administration overall.

      • Liza, I often ask the same questions myself. If a profession, on its face, does not represent your values, why would you be part of it? It’s like a pacifist deciding to join the military or an atheist wanted to be a priest. The profession is not there to change for you, you are choosing to join because of what the organization already is (this is not to say that professions shouldn’t evolve and grow with the culture in which they exist).

        We all have implicit bias (just how our brains work), but when I meet social workers, for example, that think homosexuality is a sin, I wonder how that fits into being a social worker and the social work code of ethics. Of course, people are allowed to have any beliefs they want, even ones I think are just plain wrong and bigoted. But that doesn’t mean they fit into the foundation of social work. I might argue that social work is sometimes not progressive or radical enough, but other organizations are because that’s there mission, and social work has its mission.

  12. Thank you NASW for this statement. While I don’t always feel the NASW leads in many areas of social justice as much as they should, I think this statement is very much consistent with the long history of social work and the code of ethics with which we operate. We believe in standing up for the needs of those in our community, especially those most disenfranchised and fighting discrimination that prevents people from the same rights as all of the most privileged among us.

    Mr Price represents values and positions inconsistent with the mission and code of ethics of social work. As a person, social work would hold that he has the right to his beliefs and to live according to them. What he does not have the right to do, is to dictate to others that they have to live according to his values. If Mr Price has his way, women would have little access to birth control, gay people would be able to be discriminated against by health care providers and transgender people would be denied access to care that is vital to their physical and mental health. These are not unfounded fears or reactive statements.These are the deeply held values that Mr Price espouses.

    As a social worker, a member of the LGBT community, and a person who believes deeply in the fundamental pluralism and diversity of this country, I absolutely disagree with Mr Price’s values, but I defend his right to have them. What I do not support is his right to dictate the healthcare access and needs of the entire diverse country. But just as important in all of this, is the fundamental value that we may differ on, that in fact research shows may often cut down political lines; that is the belief in the self sufficiency vs our duty to care for others. This is about nurture/protective vs a more authoritarian/merit oriented view of the world (look at research/books by Lakoff). Mr Price and many who support his views, do not see everyone as equally deserving or an innate right to care. They believe that people need to earn their way and that if people try and work hard, they will earn what they need. They believe in winners and losers. Social workers believe in helping people and in the innate rights of people to be cared for, especially since we recognize that everyone is not playing from a level playing field. We recognize discrimination, privilege and the disadvantages that many experience and therefore look out for people as part of humanity/citizenship. Mr Price comes from a value system that likely does not believe any of this, which means many, many people will be left with nothing (sort of a survival of the fittest mentality).

    Thank you again NASW, representing social workers, including those of us who are clinical social workers and therefore part of the healthcare delivery system. I wish the Republicans would listen to this and the need to not repeal ACA, but to improve it’s many inadequacies. I wish they would listen to most of this country that is benefitting, whether they realize it or not, from the policies of the ACA (yes, the ACA included Medicaid provisions and expansion and changes to employer policies as well, and not just the individual “Obamacare” plans…which means, most people benefited). Mr Price and repeal of the ACA is dangerous to the health and well being of all of us, as well as it’s impact on the healthcare delivery system and the economy as a result!

  13. What is it with these Republicans? Do they think by eliminating Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security they are eliminating minorities in our country? Would it surprise them the amount of white people who use these programs to stay alive? We pay into Social Security and Medicare so what is the problem? They should stop borrowing against these programs and everything would be fine. I am so fed up with this, I could just scream. Just because they have a wonderful healthcare program that we taxpayers provide is no excuse to eliminate our programs. If we all die, who is going to pay taxes for their healthcare. I just can’t stand what this administration is wanting to do to those of us who don’t make a huge salary or are vunerable in other ways. This has been going on for years. I wish they would just stop picking on the poor and pick on people who can afford their insane ideas. I have never been put in a position in this country where killing millions of people by our own people by removing help was okay. What have we come to? May God protect us all!

    • Rita,

      The Republicans are not trying to eliminate Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. They are advocating for ways to better manage the public funds for these programs, as well as create better outcomes for the programs. Currently, they are all financial black holes upon which current operations are sucking us dry.

      As a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, I can report that improving operations will provide more value to all of our customers. As professional Social Workers, we need to be willing to work with our leaders to demonstrate measurable outcomes of our services. If the outcomes do not reach identified goals, then we need to lead the innovation to improve how we serve our customers. That’s the business model we need to adopt, versus the old “feel good” approach we’ve used in the past.

      • Beth,
        If the real issue for those looking to repeal the ACA was about efficiency to essentially be more fiscally responsible, they would look to improve the ACA, NOT repeal it. To repeal it is going to cost billions of dollars (or is it trillions…?). Fixing what isn’t working would be more cost effective. The repeal is about politics, ideology and racism.

        I’m pretty sure NASW had lots of recommendations in the long process of creating the ACA. Lobbying and recommendations do not equal being listened to and having those ideas incorporated [in a meaningful way]. Cutting Medicare, Medicaid, defunding Planned Parenthood and repealing ACA is not about improving or enhancing access to care, or a lack of regulations to enhance efficiency and efficacy. It is about ideology and politics. Those who do not believe in a safety net and call care “welfare”, attach all kinds of hoops to jump through to prove people are deserving. This has only wasted resources, not improved them. They essentially create challenges to access in an attempt to reduce costs, but just increase inefficiencies and costs of administration, rather than enhance the actual services themselves.

        I’ve watched, over the years, how much additional paperwork has been added to Medicaid to document and prove appropriateness of services. While there is no question that fraud happens (usually on large scale, not small…much of the “fraud” is taking money back from providers for stupid paperwork errors, such as not have legible start and end times for sessions), the amount of admin over these programs is very similar to the need for ID to prevent voter fraud; it is a solution to a problem that doesn’t really exist to achieve a different goal. The goal they are looking to achieve is to further disenfranchise the disenfranchised and ensure lack of access for people because of ideology and racism.

      • Hi Beth –

        Do you know Price’s views on social work? Efficiency in systems aside, do you think Price believes social work is needed profession in society?

  14. Monica L. Driscoll

    Perhaps there are those taking advantage. In no way do I doubt that; however, there are so many who are in dire need of help and assistance – especially those having paid into for decades! Not everyone is capable or educated enough to pursue well-paid employment, through no fault of their own. I am near begging for this administration to see the everyday, hard-working, All-American person and family to be provided that which they should still be allowed and those who should really be eligible. Give some people a break and try to understand that matters “unseen” are real and scary, to that person and those by whom he/she is surrounded.

  15. Let’s not forget that Mr. Price introduced legislation related to hip replacement components (remember he is an orthopedic physician) that would have directly benefitted him personally, which is not only not ethical, but probably illegal.

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