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Rep. Tom Price: Job Creation Key to Cutting Food Assistance

By    |   Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 11:16 PM

America spends $50 billion more for food programs for the poor than just eight years ago without helping the out-of-work find jobs, proving the need for reforms to let people “realize their dreams as opposed to become dependent” on assistance, Georgia’s Republican Rep. Tom Price said Thursday.

“In 2005, we spent about $28 billion on food assistance for those who were in need,” the former physician told Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview.

“This past year, we spent $81 billion. What that tells me is that … we haven't done enough to get folks back to work so that they're able to find jobs that are productive for them, but we also have a program that is making more and more individuals reliant and dependent upon the federal government.”

The current debate on $9 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has Price worried, particularly in light of a recent study showing Obamacare, by increasing the number of people eligible for Medicaid, will boost the number of people enrolling for food assistance.

“I'm not sure it's an absolute number that's necessary, but a reform of the program that incentivizes individuals to realize their dreams as opposed to become dependent on the government is what's necessary — and if we aren't moving in that direction, I'd be hard-pressed to support it,” he said of SNAP budget measures.

But Price insisted the “fundamental problem” remains with Obamacare.

“The numbers that we believe to be accurate at this point are at about 5 to 6 million individuals have lost their health coverage because of the law, and about 2 million people have signed up,” he said. “Most of those having been put into the Medicaid program … so the predictions that we have that the program would fail miserably are indeed coming to pass.”

Price points to “positive reforms” in the House that “would get virtually every single American covered with insurance coverage that they want, not that the government forces them to buy,” and “solve the challenges of portability and preexisting illness without putting Washington in charge,” saving “hundreds of billions of dollars through ending the practice of defensive medicine.”

The House has over 150 pieces of healthcare legislation introduced on the Republican side, “all to address certain challenges or problems that we see in the current system, and especially with Obamacare,” he said.

The challenge now is putting them together in one comprehensive bill.

“The work that we'll be doing in these first two or three months of this year will center around trying to find where those common denominators are in those 150 plus pieces of legislation so that we could have a piece of legislation that, again, would move us in the direction of patient-centered healthcare where patients and families and doctors are making medical decisions, not Washington, D.C.,” he said.


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