by Tia Will
The president-elect has made a bold choice in Dr. Tom Price to head Health and Human services. Dr. Price, an orthopedic surgeon and seasoned legislator, has now proven himself to be a visionary. Long known as an opponent of both abortion and readily accessible and affordable birth control, Dr. Price is applying these principles to the creation of new jobs. The elimination of accessible effective contraception is known to provide increased jobs and income for obstetrician gynecologists, anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners and pediatricians, the incomes of whom have recently been threatened by the decrease in teen and unintended pregnancy attributed to the wider acceptance and availability of long acting contraceptives. In explaining his plans to further roll back support for contraception, Dr. Price referenced the president-elect’s promise to be a president for all the people. After all , Dr. Price explained, all women should contribute equally to providing increased jobs and income throughout our medical sector by reproducing ……whether they want to or not.
Warming to his subject of the provision of increased high paying jobs within the medical/pharmaceutical industries, Dr. Price elaborated on how this concept could be extended to his own field of orthopedics by dictating that doctors not counsel their elderly patients about fall prevention since this limits the opportunity for geriatric orthopedic surgeries. Internists and pediatricians will be cautioned not to discuss healthy eating habits , exercise and weight reduction so as to increase the need for endocrinologists and bariatric surgeons. Likewise, mums the word on breast cancer screening due to the anticipated further decrease in opportunities for breast surgeons, reconstructive plastic surgeons and oncologists brought about by earlier detection of small tumors.
In what may be his most wide ranging plan, Dr.Price has stated his interest in partnering with UCD expert in gun injury prevention, Dr. Garren Wintermute. Although he acknowledges that Dr. Wintermute has in the past been a strong advocate for gun safety measures, Dr. Price feels confident that Dr. Wintermute will see the benefit of advocating for decreased regulation of firearms and more ready access to concealed carry permits once he is made fully aware of the job security that this will provide for ER physicians, trauma surgical teams, and life flight crews. As Dr. Price points out, it is critical that we place economic well being above all else. And what better place to start than in the medical field ?