WASHINGTON, D.C. – Independent Women’s Voice (IWV), which fights for women and families by expanding support for policy that advances prosperity, freedom, and greater choices, released the following statement from President & CEO Heather R. Higgins following the Senate confirmation of Dr. Tom Price as the next U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services:

“Today, the Senate voted to confirm Rep. Tom Price, M.D. as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services, giving hope to doctors and patients everywhere that the choices that matter to them will now outweigh the interests of insurance companies, hospitals, and government bureaucrats.”

“Dr. Price has spent his entire professional career working to provide health care to Americans, first in the medical field as an orthopedic surgeon, and then in the political realm as a Member of Congress. As a physician, Dr. Price understands and cares greatly about maximizing all Americans’ access to all of the health services they need. He has often spoken out about federal intrusion into the sacrosanct doctor-patient relationship. As a legislator who has studied health policy intensely, he also understands how the government can change current policy to allow for greater competition, lower prices, and more individual freedom in health care.”

“Dr. Price knows our nation has suffered greatly under the Obama Administration’s HHS Department, due to the many thousands of pages of regulations promulgated pursuant to the Affordable Care Act and other misguided reforms. Sadly, these regulations have unnecessarily increased the cost of health insurance and decrease our freedoms. Not only have Americans seen restrictions on what type of insurance they can buy, but some Americans, particularly some employers, have also faced unconstitutional regulations under the current DHHS that violate religious liberty.”

“With Dr. Price at the helm of the HHS Department, we can rest assured that he will focus on maximizing the healthcare freedom of the American people, and will work tirelessly to restore our broken healthcare system to one that is functional, competitive, affordable and accessible for everyone.”