President-elect Donald Trump announced early Tuesday morning Georgia Congressman Tom Price would be his designate to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Describing the 62-year-old House Budget Committee Chairman as “exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and bring affordable and accessible health care to every American,” Trump’s nomination of Price will likely lead to major changes in a department with a $1 trillion annual budget and 78,000 employees.
A Michigan native and former orthopedic surgeon, Price operated an orthopedic clinic for two decades in Atlanta before becoming an assistant professor of orthopedics at Emory University.
Running for the Georgia State Senate in 1996, Price served until his election to the U.S. House in 2004. Price assumed the chairmanship of the House Budget Committee in 2015.
An impassioned foe of Obamacare and of government interference in America’s health system, Price has been on the vanguard of dozens of proposals to dismantle Mr. Obama’s signature healthcare law and pushed for its replacement with the Empowering Patients First Act.
Learning of Price as Mr. Trump’s nominee to head HHS, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) tweeted: “(Price) has made health care his life’s work. He is the absolute perfect choice for HHS Secretary.”
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