Potential HHS Pick Tom Price Big Proponent Of Returning Health Decisions To States
Georgia Rep. Tom Price was one of the first to put forward his own replacement plan in proposed legislation.
As HHS Secretary, Price Would Likely Focus On State Healthcare Reform
As President-elect Donald Trump continues to fill out his cabinet, the key position of HHS secretary is still open. Insiders expect an announcement soon, and have their eyes on Georgia Rep. Tom Price, who is expected to concentrate on state reform efforts and is known for working across the aisle. Price, an orthopedic surgeon from Georgia who is used to having considerable influence on health policy, was quick to support Trump's bid for the White House. He spoke on Trump's behalf at rallies, often focusing on complaints about the Affordable Care Act. He was seen entering Trump Tower in Manhattan last week where the presidential elect was hosting multiple potential cabinet picks. (Muchmore, 11/22)
In other administration news —
Is The EPA’s Landmark ‘Endangerment Finding’ Now Itself Imperiled?
In the crosshairs of his agenda — according to written statements the Trump campaign made shortly before the Nov. 8 election — is a 2009 determination by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that greenhouse gases are dangerous to human health and security, a ruling that serves as the foundation for the EPA’s efforts to curb climate-damaging emissions and that affects its governing of everything from automobile exhaust to power plants to refrigerators. ... The EPA did that — examining everything from the potential for more damaging hurricanes, to death rates due to ozone and heat exposure, to deadly exposure to pathogens — and concluded in unambiguous terms that there was “compelling” reason to believe the gases threaten the health of Americans, and that the threat would get worse. (Lustgarten, 11/22)