January 25, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC—Yesterday, Rep. Tom Price, nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), took questions at his final confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Finance Committee. Given Price’s legislative record and his recent testimony, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) believes he would undermine the opportunity and ability of millions of Americans, including the 4.2 million Latinos now covered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), to keep and obtain long-overdue health insurance and other hard-fought access to health care. As a result, NCLR opposes his nomination.
“We need an HHS secretary who will build on the considerable progress that has been made, not take us back to when too many Americans—including millions of Latinos—lacked access to health care. Price’s track record of championing legislation to repeal the ACA without an adequate or viable replacement, his lack of support for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and advocacy of extreme proposals that would cripple Medicaid are very clear examples of why he is the wrong choice to oversee the critically important health and service programs under HHS that millions of Americans rely on,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.
NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.