Trump selects Tom Price as secretary of Health and Human Services, source says


    Congressman Tom Price of Georgia will be Donald Trump’s choice as secretary of Health and Human Services, according to a person familiar with the process.

    The expected nomination of the Georgia congressman was first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which said that the announcement of Price’s selection could come as soon as Tuesday.

    Vice-President-elect Mike Pence told reporters on Monday, “I look forward to being back at it first thing in the morning and there will be a number of very important announcements tomorrow.”

    If confirmed, Price will play a key role in attempts by Trump to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 healthcare reform legislation that has become a key issue of partisan contention.

    The Georgia congressman has long been considered the favorite to serve as HHS secretary. An orthopedic surgeon with an MD from the University of Michigan, Price has long been a leading congressional voice in opposition to the Affordable Care Act. An ally of Paul Ryan, Price replaced the current speaker as chair of the House budget committee in 2015.

    The New York Times reported late Monday night that a transition team official had confirmed Price’s selection.

    Trump has long made repealing the Affordable Care Act a priority. However, after meeting with the outgoing president, Barack Obama, earlier in November, the president-elect seemed to strike a more dovish tone on the landmark legislation.

    Trump told the Wall Street Journal that Obama recommend parts of the healthcare legislation that should be…

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