Rep. Tom Price HHS pick, wants to overturn Obamacare
Georgia Congressman Tom Price may get the HHS job.
Price’s name surfaced for the Cabinet-level position earlier this month. The 62-year-old was one of several Capitol Hill committee chairmen to endorse Trump in May as it became clear the New Yorker was going to become the Republican nominee for president.
Price, a wonky orthopedic surgeon who has represented his Roswell-based House district for 12 years, has been at the center of congressional efforts to repeal Obamacare as chairman of the House Budget Committee. He was also one of the only GOP lawmakers to design a replacement plan for the 2010 health care law — a proposal that never received a vote in committee or on the floor of the House.
Should he be confirmed as the 23rd secretary of health and human services, Price would still play a central but different role in dismantling and eventually replacing the Affordable Care Act. This time it would be as head of the sprawling, 80,000-person department in charge of implementing such health care policies.