Trump Picks Secretary of HHS
President-elect Donald Trump has selected Tom Price, MD, a six-term Republican congressman from Georgia and an orthopedic surgeon, as the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Price is chairman of the Committee on the Budget in the House of Representatives. He also serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, including the Subcommittee on Health.
Price issued the following statement after the nomination:
“It is an honor to be nominated to serve our nation as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Thanks to President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence for their confidence. I am 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 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.
“The citizens of Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District have given me the privilege of representing them in Congress. I am so proud and grateful to live in and work on behalf of such a wonderful community and hope to continue serving our fellow citizens in this new role.”
Price is a staunch supporter of reduced government spending. He is on Congressional Record (March 23, 2009) stating:
“I would suggest … that governmental intervention and increasing involvement doesn’t improve any of those things. It doesn’t improve access, it doesn’t improve affordability, it certainly doesn’t improve quality, doesn’t improve innovation or responsiveness.”
As such, Price did not support the Affordable Care Act. According to the N.Y. Times, “The secretary will help Mr. Trump achieve one of his central campaign promises: to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.”
In fact, Price is on Congressional Record (July 9, 2009) as stating:
“… three things that would be a death knell for quality health care in the United States … The first is ceding the definition of quality to the Federal Government. … The second death knell for quality health care I believe to be any mandate, any individual or employer mandate. … And the final death knell to the quality of American health care I believe to be any government-run program, any government takeover of any portion of our health care system beyond where it already is, the public option as it’s described, which is a euphemism for a government takeover.”