President-Elect Donald Trump has chosen Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-GA), an orthopaedic surgeon, to head the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and help his coming administration repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a burning cause for the congressman, according to media reports tonight.
As a physician-legislator who has decried the "government takeover of healthcare," Dr Price would make a good fit with a new Republican administration seeking a smaller role for government in general. He would play a major role in determining how Medicare and Medicaid reimburse physicians.
If confirmed by the Senate next year, Dr Price would be the first physician to head HHS since Louis Sullivan, MD, during the George H. W. Bush administration.
Dr Price was first elected to the House by Georgia's 6th congressional district in suburban Atlanta in 2004. In 2014, he became the chair of the powerful House Budget Committee. He belongs to the GOP Doctors Caucus, a group of clinicians in the House that has vigorously opposed the ACA.
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