Before he could get into those solutions, he introduced another orthopedic surgeon, Tom Price of Georgia.
“We want a system that’s affordable for everybody, that’s accessible for everybody, that’s of the highest quality, and provides choices for patients—all of those things have been destroyed by Obamacare,” Price said. “This is what happens when you put the government in charge,” he continued (although the U.S. health-care system is run by insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and hospital consortia).
So, the surgeon offered, we need Donald Trump and Mike Pence “to put in place a real health solution. That solution exists. We’ve been working on that solution for years, literally.”
A promising note, which he used as a segue to introduce gynecologist Mike Burgess of Texas.
Burgess said we need to repeal Obamacare. He said that Obamacare collapses “the market.” The elaborate law “tells you what you have to buy.” (Obamacare created a marketplace for health care to attempt to encourage competition among insurance companies.) “When did more federal money going into anything ever result in a cheaper price to the consumer?” he asked. No one raised a hand to mention all the Americans on Medicare and Medicaid, and the millions receiving subsidies to purchase insurance in the free market using exchange websites.
With that he introduced anesthesiologist Andy Harris of Maryland, who said that he’s tired of hearing his patients complain about Obamacare. “It’s going to get worse. The only solution is—” he paused for another hopeful moment,“Trump Pence.”
So close that time.
Then Harris introduced nurse Renee Ellmers from North Carolina. “We’ve got to defeat this,” she said, apparently referring to the entire system established by the Affordable Care Act. She acknowledged that President Obama likened the current law to a starter home. “Well, you know what? If it’s a house, it’s an outhouse.”
The audience and others on stage laughed and applauded. An outhouse.
“And, yes, Hillary Clinton only wants to make it worse,” she continued. “How many of you have been to a doctor and felt like the doctor spent more time on the computer than taking care of you?” she said, referring to electronic medical records. “That’s Obamacare. We’re here to support Donald Trump and Mike Pence because we know that they are the answer.”
With that she introduced another doctor from Tennessee, representative Scott DesJarlais. “I got a message for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton,” he said. “Obamacare is going to fail, period.” The nurse, Ellmers, behind him jumped and clapped as she shouted, “Yes!”
He went on to call Obamacare “a gateway to socialized medicine.”
Then he introduced Cynthia Lummis, a representative from Wyoming, who is not a health-care professional, but does have an undergraduate degree in animal science. “When the government tells the American people ‘this is how you’re going to live your life,’ Americans get angry,” she added.