Trump picks Congressman Tom Price as health and human services secretary


President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), an orthopedic surgeon who has been one of Capitol Hill’s fiercest critics of President Obama’s health care law, to be secretary of health and human services, a person briefed on the decision confirmed Monday night.

The public announcement of Trump’s selection of Price, a six-term congressman who chairs the House Budget Committee and is regarded as a policy wonk, is expected to be made as early as Tuesday.

As HHS secretary, Price would become the Trump administration’s point person on dismantling and replacing the Affordable Care Act, one of Trump’s major campaign promises.


Donald Trump selects Georgia Rep. Tom Price to lead Department of Health and Human Services


He opposes the ACA, wants to turn Medicaid into block grants and Medicare into vouchers, opposes insurance subsidies, and opposes abortion.


Dr. Price is strongly prolife:

Price Statement on the Protect Life Act

Washington, D.C. Oct. 13, 2011– House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 358 – the Protect Life Act – to ensure no taxpayer dollars are used to fund abortions.

“Today, House Republicans upheld our pledge to honor the concerns of the majority of Americans and ensure that no hard-earned taxpayer dollars are used for abortions. This is a fundamental step in our efforts to protect the sanctity of life,” said Chairman Price. “Within the President’s health care law are loopholes inconsistent with the will of the American people that will allow for taxpayer funding of abortion services. That our Democrat colleagues refused to include a true ban on taxpayer funding of abortions in the final draft of their health care law speaks to the fundamental flaws in their entire approach. As we continue our efforts for a full repeal of ObamaCare, it is essential that we ensure no taxpayer dollars are used in this manner.”


It will be interesting to see what new and further changes are ahead for our health care system. In my opinion a revolution in our medical system would do us good. I suspect more likely an evolution will happen. Hopefully what ever comes is in the end best for Americans.


What are block grants?


The federal gov’t awards block grants to state govts.

Usually, when the federal govt sends money to the states, it comes with a whole lot (pages and pages) of conditions and requirements of how, when, and to whom the money should go. It’s both a blessing and a curse.

It’s a blessing because it’s an attempt to make sure that the money is accounted for and spent directly on what it is intended for. It’s a curse because of the amount of bureaucracy involved and oftentimes the rules and regulations don’t match up with the “real” world conditions.

A block grant is more-or-less a big fat check that the states are allowed to spend with a lot more of their own discretion. So a block grant for drug treatment, or senior citizen services, or law enforcement would go to a state for it to use in those areas as it sees fit, with limited regulations from the feds.

In basic terms, a Medicaid block grant would be federal Medicaid funding that goes to a state, with a condition like, “Spend this on your Medicaid recipients in the most effective way you can to meet their needs,” as opposed to volumes of conditions on specifics.


Okay. Thanks for the good explanation. :slight_smile:


Well if Trump is driving the evolution it will certainly be the best for business- Americans health would be a secondary concern.


Good choice,so far,so good,Pres Elect Trump!:thumbsup:


i generally agree with you from the stand point that for a long while I have believed our medical system has little to do with health care. I doubt much will change in that regard in the future.


This may be the biggest shift to the right that White House has ever had in one cycle. Either this or Reagan’s election.


President-elect Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate Chairman of the House Budget Committee Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) as Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and Seema Verma as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“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,” said President-elect Trump. “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.”

“It is an honor to be nominated to serve our nation as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Thanks to President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence for their confidence,” said Rep. Price. “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 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.”

Rep. Price was first elected to represent Georgia’s 6th district in November 2004. Prior to going to Washington, Price 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, Rep. Price is a proven leader, tireless problem solver and go-to Republican on quality healthcare policy. He serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means. In the 114th Congress, Rep. 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, Rep. Price has been a fierce opponent of government waste and devoted to limited government and lower spending.
For nearly 20 years, Rep. Price worked in private practice as an orthopedic surgeon. Before coming to Washington he returned to Emory University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor and Medical Director of the Orthopedic Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, teaching resident doctors in training. He received his Bachelor and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Michigan and completed his Orthopedic Surgery residency at Emory University.

In addition to Chairman Price’s nomination, President-elect Trump announced his choice of Seema Verma, one of the leading experts in the country on Medicare and Medicaid, to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
“I am pleased to nominate Seema Verma to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,” said President-elect Trump. “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.”

“I am honored to be nominated by President-elect Trump today,” said Ms. Verma. “I look forward to helping him tackle our nation’s daunting healthcare problems in a responsible and sustainable way."

Seema Verma is the President, CEO and founder of SVC, Inc., a national health policy consulting company. For more than 20 years, Ms. Verma has worked extensively on a variety of policy and strategic projects involving Medicaid, insurance, and public health, working with Governors’ offices, State Medicaid agencies, State Health Departments, State Departments of Insurance, as well as the federal government, private companies and foundations.

Ms. Verma has extensive experience redesigning Medicaid programs in several states. Ms. Verma is the architect of the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), the nation’s first consumer directed Medicaid program under Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana and then-Governor Pence’s HIP 2.0 waiver proposal.

Ms. Verma served as the State of Indiana’s health reform lead following the passage of Obamacare in 2010.

Ms. Verma is a graduate of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, and in 2016, Vice President-elect Pence awarded Ms. Verma the Sagamore of the Wabash. Additionally, Ms. Verma was recently selected to participate in the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network.

Prior to consulting, Ms. Verma served as Vice President of Planning for the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County and as a Director with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in Washington D.C. Ms. Verma received her Master’s degree in Public Health, with a concentration in health policy and management from Johns Hopkins University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences from the University of Maryland.


If it worked to the Republicans advantage to oppose ALL changes to Healthcare proposed by the Democrats, wouldn’t it make sense for the Democrats to oppose ALL changes proposed by the Republicans, especially to popular programs like Medicare among other things?


So they want to run Medicare like the ACA is run now?


No. They want to get rid of both.


It look at like Planned Parenthood aren’t happy with Tom Price being named as HHS secretary.


:thumbsup:This is a good thing!:thumbsup:


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