President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday announced he plans to nominate Rep. Tom Price to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, saying Mr. Price has earned a reputation for being a “tireless problem solver” and “the go-to expert on healthcare policy.”
From Washington Times
“He is exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible healthcare to every American,” Mr. Trump said. “I am proud to nominate him as secretary of Health and Human Services.”
Mr. Price, chairman of the House Budget Committee and an outspoken opponent of Obamacare, said it’s an “honor” to be nominated for the position.
“There is much work to be done to ensure we have a healthcare system that works for patients, families, and doctors; that leads the world in the cure and prevention of illness; and that is based on sensible rules to protect the well-being of the country while embracing its innovative spirit,” said Mr. Price, Georgia Republican.
An orthopedic surgeon, Mr. Price was at the vanguard of GOP efforts to replace Obamacare, authoring alternative legislation that he introduced in the last four Congresses.
As chairman of the House Budget Committee, his fiscal blueprints assumed repeal of the health care law, and in 2015 he outlined a path for using a fast-track budget tool known as “reconciliation” to gut President Obama’s health care law on a simple-majority vote in the Senate, avoiding a Democratic filibuster.
Mr. Obama last year vetoed a bill that relied on his road map as a test run for repeal in 2017, so Republicans are eyeing a redo now that Mr. Trump is president and they will retain control of both congressional chambers, although they still do not hold a filibuster-proof Senate majority.
Mr. Price also was a key drafter of House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s election-year outline to replace Obamacare with “market-oriented” reforms once repeal is successful, though it is unclear how long that effort will take, as Republicans figure out how to transition the millions of people who gained coverage under Mr. Obama’s law to a new framework.
Read Full Story At Washington Times