News | Cardiovascular Business | February 10, 2017| Jeff Zagoudis

Rep. Tom Price Confirmed as New Health and Human Services Secretary

Price expected to lead executive branch efforts to roll back Affordable Care Act

Rep. Tom Price, confirmed, Health and Human Services, HHS, new secretary

February 10, 2017 — Rep. Tom Price was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by a 52-47 vote early Friday morning.

The Georgia representative, a former orthopedic surgeon, will now be the leader of a department with a reported annual budget of more than $1 trillion. He is expected to be a strong ally for President Donald Trump in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

He will be the first physician to lead HHS since 1993, according to the New York Times.

Price’s selection by President Donald Trump was hotly contested by Senate Democrats led by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon. They expressed concern about Price’s desire to roll back the Medicare and Medicaid programs, potentially impacting insurance coverage for millions of Americans. During his tenure as chairman of the House Budget Committee, Price backed proposals to shift the financial structure of Medicare from an open-ended commitment to fixed block grants for states to apply as desired.

Opponents also took issue with the congressman actively trading shares he owned in healthcare companies while serving on committees that helped direct healthcare policy.

Price has been one of the more vocal critics of the ACA, and previously authored the ACA-alternative Empowering Patients First Act of 2015. Provisions of the bill include:

  • Age-adjusted tax credits to purchase health insurance on the individual market;
  • Allowing individuals to opt out of Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare (a U.S. Department of Defense Military Health System program) and VA benefits, and purchase individual health plans with a tax credit;
  • Incentives for participating in health savings accounts; and
  • Eliminating regulations that forbid the sale of insurance policies across state lines.

President Trump has previously promised that he will not roll back Medicare.

For more information: www.hhs.gov

Related Content

The Current Direction of Healthcare Reform Explained by CMS Administrator Seema Verma
News | Cardiovascular Business | June 11, 2019
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma addressed the American Medical Association (...
DAIC Earns Azbee National Bronze Award for Social Media Presence
News | Cardiovascular Business | May 10, 2019
May 10, 2019 — Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC) earned a Bronze Award at the 2019 Na
Cath lab staff working as a team to prepare for a procedure at Presbyterian Medical Center Cardiac Cath Lab, Charlotte N.C. Pictured are Barry Horsey RCIS, Emily Luna RN, RCIS, Adam Martin RCIS, Caleadia Jessup RN.

Cath lab staff working as a team to prepare for a procedure at Presbyterian Medical Center Cardiac Cath Lab, Charlotte N.C. Pictured are Barry Horsey RCIS, Emily Luna, RN, RCIS, Adam Martin, RCIS, Caleadia Jessup, RN.

Feature | Cardiovascular Business | May 03, 2019 | Ruben Filimonczuk, RCES, AS-PMD
One of the most promising areas for innovation in healthcare is to be found in the workforce – both in hiring and ret
Fail-safe Program for New Medical Technology Focuses on Patient Safety
News | Cardiovascular Business | April 29, 2019
New medical technology offers the promise of improving patient care, as well as the potential for harm if caregivers...
Medicare Trustees Report Hospital Insurance Trust Fund Will Deplete in Seven Years
News | Cardiovascular Business | April 22, 2019
The Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) Trust Fund, which funds Medicare Part A, will only be able to pay full benefits...
Videos | Cardiovascular Business | April 16, 2019
A discussion with Ruth Fisher, MBA, vice president of the...
Foreign-trained doctors now make up one-third of cardiologists in the United States and help make up for the U.S. overall shortage of physicians. Pictured here is co-author of this article Mandeep R. Mehra, MBBS, MSc, FRCP, who is an example of the contribution international physicians have made in the U.S. He is medical director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center.

Foreign-trained doctors now make up one-third of cardiologists in the United States and help make up for the overall shortage of physicians. Pictured here is co-author of this article Mandeep R. Mehra, MBBS, MSc, FRCP, who is an example of the contribution international physicians have made in the U.S. He is medical director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center, The William Harvey Distinguished Chair in Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine, and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is past-president of both the Heart Failure Society of America and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 

Feature | Cardiovascular Business | April 15, 2019 | William W. Pinsky, M.D., FAAP, FACC, and Mandeep R. Mehra, MBBS, MSc , FRCP
As we strive to process today’s successive news cycles involving negative reports about immigration, it is easy for m
ACC Combines NCDR, Accreditation Into New Quality Summit
News | Cardiovascular Business | March 15, 2019
The American College of Cardiology’s first annual ACC Quality Summit, held March 13-15 in New Orleans, merges the NCDR...
Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology Named 2019 Azbee Awards Finalist for Social Media
News | Cardiovascular Business | March 08, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor
Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC) was named a finalist in the Social Media Presence category for the 2019...
Overlay Init