President-elect Donald Trump announced Tuesday the nomination of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to head the Department of Health and Human Services.
If confirmed by the Senate, Price will play a central role in Republican efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Trump has pledged to move quickly on overhauling his predecessor’s signature measure, but has been vague about what he hopes to see in a replacement bill.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
Trump also nominated Seema Verma – the President, CEO and founder of SVC, Inc., a national health policy consulting company — as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
“She has decades of experience advising on Medicare and Medicaid policy and helping states navigate our complicated systems,” Trump said. “Together, Chairman Price and Seema Verma are the dream team that will transform our healthcare system for the benefit of all Americans.”