Trump to name Rep. Tom Price as next HHS secretary
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President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), a fierce critic of the Affordable Care Act and a proponent of overhauling the nation’s entitlement programs, to lead the department of Health and Human Services, a person briefed on the decision confirmed Monday night.
An announcement of Trump’s selection of Price, a third-generation doctor who chairs the House Budget Committee and became a fervent champion of Trump’s candidacy, is expected to be made as early as Tuesday.
As HHS secretary, Price would be the nation’s top health official and the incoming administration’s point person for dismantling the sprawling 2010 health-care law, which Trump promised during his campaign to start dismantling on his first day in the Oval Office. The 62-year-old lawmaker, who represents a wealthy suburban Atlanta district, has played a leading role in the Republican opposition to the law and has helped draft several comprehensive bills to replace it. The GOP-led House has voted five dozen times to eliminate all or part of the ACA but has never had a chance of accomplishing its goal as long as President Obama has been in the White House.
As many Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (Wis.), wavered…
G2X TAKE: While not yet confirmed, this anticipated appointment by the new administration provides a first glimpse into how deep and how wide the cuts may be to the Affordable Care Act. Tom Price has been one of the more outspoken critics of ACA, as well as entitlement programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
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