Rep. Tom Price Named HHS Secretary Under Trump Administration

Tom Price
Tom Price

Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia), chairman of the House Budget Committee and an orthopedic surgeon, has been selected to serve as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, Politico reported Tuesday.

“Chairman Price, a renowned physician, has earned a reputation for being a tireless problem solver and the go-to expert on healthcare policy, making him the ideal choice to serve in this capacity,” Trump said in a statement.

Trump added that Price, a six-term congressman, would help oversee efforts to “repeal and replace Obamacare,” also known as the Affordable Care Act, Louis Nelson writes.

Price authored a bill that seeks to replace the Affordable Care Act that was enacted in 2010, according to a report by Robert Pear for the New York Times.

He proposed the Empowering Patients First Act, a bill that would provide tax credits to citizens who procure family and individual health insurance plans and would remove the federal health insurance exchange, Pear reports.

Price’s bill also aims to permit insurers that have licenses to operate in one state to offer plans to individuals in other states as well as exempt doctors from federal antitrust laws for their involvement in contract negotiations with health insurers, the New York Times added.

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