President-Elect Nominates Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services

President-elect Donald Trump announced on November 29, 2016 the nomination of six-term Congressman Tom Price, for the office of Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

An orthopaedic surgeon for more than 20 years, Price currently serves as chairman of the Committee on the Budget in the House of Representatives. He also serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and Subcommittee on Health.

If confirmed by the Senate, Price—an outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare—will play an important role in the upcoming administration's efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Price has been developing a plan to accomplish this goal for the past six years, according to The New York Times.

In a press release issued by Price's office, the representative from Georgia's 6th district expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity, stating:

"There is much work to be done to ensure we have a health care system that works for patients, families, and doctors; that leads the world in the cure and prevention of illness; and that is based on sensible rules to protect the well-being of the country while embracing its innovative spirit."

Prior to the presidential election on November 8, Price indicated his support for fully repealing Obamacare. Trump, however, has since said he is in favor of keeping some parts of the law, including provisions preventing insurers from denying health care coverage based on preexisting medical conditions and allowing offspring to remain on their parents' health insurance plans until the age of 26. Price was an early supporter of Trump's presidential bid and announced his endorsement for the President-elect in May of 2016.

President-elect Trump also announced the nomination of Seema Verma, the founder and CEO of a health policy consulting firm, to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Verma is known for her work on Medicaid issues and her close ties to Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

Her consulting firm, SVC Inc., has advised several Republican states on adding conservative elements—health savings accounts and employment requirements, for example—to their health care programs and has worked on a number of high-profile Medicaid expansion proposals.

Image Credit: U.S. Representative Tom Price, M.D., Georgia's 6th District