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Trump names Obama critic Price as Health & Human Services Secy

Trump names Obama critic Price as Health & Human Services Secy
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US President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated Republican Congressman Tom Price, a fierce opponent to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, as his Health and Human Services Secretary.

A former orthopaedic surgeon, 62-year-old Price is currently chairman of the House Budget Committee. “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.

“He is exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible healthcare to every American. I am proud to nominate him as Secretary of Health and Human Services,” said the president-elect.

If confirmed by the Senate, Price would play a key role in Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Price said he is humbled by the “incredible challenges that lay ahead” and enthusiastic for the opportunity to be a part of solving them on behalf of the American people.

“There is much work to be done to ensure we have a healthcare 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,” he said. First elected to the US House of Representative in November 2004, Price previously served four terms in the Georgia State Senate two as Minority Whip.

In 2002, he was a leader in the Republican renaissance in Georgia as the party took control of the State Senate, with Price rising to become the first Republican Senate Majority Leader in the history of Georgia.

In Congress, Price is a proven leader, tireless problem solver and go-to Republican on quality healthcare policy, the Trump Transition Team said in a statement.

He also serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means. In the 114th Congress, Price was named Chair of the House Committee on the Budget.

In previous Congresses, he has served as Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee and Chairman of the Republican Study Committee. Committed to advancing positive solutions under principled leadership, Price has been a fierce opponent of government waste and devoted to limited government and lower spending.

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  • Tom Price (62), a former orthopaedic surgeon, is the chairman of the House Budget Committee
  • If confirmed by the Senate, Price would play a key role in Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare
  • First elected to the US House of Representatives in November 2004, Price has earlier served four terms in the Georgia State Senate two as Minority Whip
Indo-American Meera Verma makes it to top admin post

US President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated an Indian-American woman to a top administration position, making her in-charge of a federal agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services.

“I am pleased to nominate (Dr) Seema Verma to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,” Trump said.

The announcement came along with Trump’s nomination of Congressman Tom Price as his Health and Human Services Secretary.

A leading expert in the country on Medicare and Medicaid, Verma would serve as Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “She has decades of experience advising on Medicare and Medicaid policy and helping states navigate our complicated systems. Together, Chairman Price and Seema Verma are the dream team that will transform our healthcare system for the benefit of all Americans,” Trump said.

“I am honoured to be nominated by President-elect Trump today,” said Verma, who met Trump in New York last week.

“I look forward to helping him tackle our nation’s daunting healthcare problems in a responsible and sustainable way,” she said. Verma is the President, CEO and founder of SVC, Inc, a national health policy consulting company. 

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