Congress Confirms Trump's HHS Secretary
Early this morning, the Trump administration's drive to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took a huge leap forward as Congress narrowly approved Tom Price’s nomination for secretary of health and human services. The final vote was 52 to 47.
Price, a Republican Congressman from Georgia, is a physician who was the director of orthopedics at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta before entering politics. Democrats in Congress opposed his nomination for several reasons—including his intent to repeal Obamacare, his opposition to abortion rights, and his support for cutting Medicare and Medicaid. During the confirmation process, Price also came under fire for financial activities—trading stocks, for example—that would be affected by legislation he introduced in the House of Representatives, where he served as chairman of the Budget Committee.
Price is expected to take the lead in the upcoming health care policy reform. Now that his nomination has been confirmed, the new administration's plan for health care—which has yet to be presented—is expected soon.
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