I opine it is neither. Most all practicing physicians agree that some federal and state regulation is necessary, however it is now out of control. Neither Congress nor HHS has shown any leadership in controlling costs other than penalties and/or incentives. The model has been extreme, and cumbersome, with bloated HHS and CMS administration, at times overstepping it's limitations, extending to patient care and not financing.
Regardless of what either side thinks, Price is the ideal selection for the head of HHS. The reasons are:
A long history of patient management, a fluent knowledge of how congress and HHS work, his positions in budgetary matters.
As chairman of the House Budget Committee, he has tried to put a lid on federal spending. As secretary, he would be responsible for more than $1 trillion in spending, a number that will surge as the population ages.
If confirmed, Mr. Price will have a chance to practice what he has preached for decades. He could try to overhaul what he calls the “predatory trial lawyer litigation system.” He could try to stop what he calls “regulatory oppression” by the federal government. And he could eliminate some of the mandates that he calls a “death knell for quality health care.”
Tom Price Is Eager to Lead H.H.S., and Reduce Its Clout - The New York Times