​HHS Secretary Confirmed; CMS Lead on Docket – ACA Fight looms

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Senate Confirms Price as Health Secretary as ACA Fight Nears, Anna Edney, Zachary Tracer and Arit John, Feb 10, 2017 2:20 am ET, Washington Post

“The U.S. Senate confirmed Tom Price, a congressman and physician, to head the Department of Health and Human Services, a post where he’ll have a leading role in Republican efforts to dismantle Obamacare and implement its replacement, and oversee a budget of more than $1 trillion.

The vote was 52-47, making Price the most contentious nominee for the position since at least President Jimmy Carter’s administration. Democrats opposed him because of his free-market, limited-government views on how the American health-care system should operate, and his past efforts to privatize Medicare by turning it into a voucher system. They also strongly criticized him for leaving questions unanswered about stock purchases in medical companies he made while handling health-care legislation…”

G2X TAKE: The ACA fight nears closer as in the wee hours of this morning, the new HHS Secretary Price was confirmed along party lines. With the incoming head of CMS reportedly to be have a confirmation hearing next week, the two key figures will be in place soon, and we don’t expect them to waste much time as they clearly have the air cover required to enact change.

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