On Monday night, Donald Trump’s decision to choose Tom Price to lead the department of Health and Human Services, was confirmed. However, the official announcement will most likely be made on Tuesday. Price is a third-generation doctor and an avid supporter of Trump’s candidacy. Also, he is chairing the House Budget Committee.
An avid Trump supporter
Tom Price will be the United States’ first health official. He might also be the main person to start the destruction of the 2010 health-care law, imposed by Barack Obama. He has been trying to accomplish this goal for over six years. Donald Trump repeatedly promised to do it as soon as he gets into the White House. Price is an orthopedic surgeon.
During Trump’s presidential campaign, many Republicans shifted their alliances or were not displaying such a strong support for him. However, Price stood firm and even played a very important part in the Republican’s plans to change and oppose the existing law. Actually, he was the one who drafted numerous bills to replace it. Back in May, Price pledged his allegiance to Trump and even encouraged people to support him and vote for him.
Price ’s job
As secretary of Trump administration’s department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price will dispose of an annual budget of more than $1 trillion. Numerous health programs and agencies that regulate food and drugs will also be under his direct command from now on. He was once a Georgia state senator and has been fighting for the rights of doctors all around America. He has a very comprehensive knowledge of Medicare and this might actually serve him well in his new position.
However, by being on the doctors’ side for so long, Price might not know how to handle the needs of Medicare beneficiaries. As a Health and Human Services secretary, he will have to fight for both sides. Also, to care for taxpayers and clients of these health programs. So he will not have an easy task at all. He once gave an advice to Barack Obama to
“Stop these mandatory demonstration projects.”
Against abortion and same-sex marriages
Now, he might be able to do it himself. Also, Tom Price was one of the most radical opponents of abortion as well as an opponent of the gay movement. Sarah Kate Ellis, the president of Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation expressed her worries and said that Price is not fit at all to be health secretary. Last year, after the Supreme Court’s decision to guarantee a right to the same-sex marriages, Price expressed his opinion that it was
“Not only a sad day for marriage, but a further judicial destruction of our entire system of checks and balances.”
All in all, it seems like Donald trump has filled another key post in his Cabinet. Not many people reacted to his appointment as Health and Human Services secretary. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich was one of the few who shared his opinion, saying that Price will be great as Secretary of Health and Human Services. According to him, Price might be the best person to start the replacement of Obamacare.
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