Friday, February 10, 2017

Dr. Tom Price Confirmed to Lead the Department of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON — The Senate early Friday approved the nomination of Representative Tom Price to be secretary of health and human services, putting him in charge of President Trump’s efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
By a vote of 52 to 47, the Senate confirmed Mr. Price, Republican of Georgia, after a debate that focused as much on his ethics and investments as on his views on health policy. Democrats denounced his desire to rein in the growth of Medicare and Medicaid by making fundamental changes to the programs, which insure more than 100 million Americans.
Thomas Edmunds "Tom" Price (born October 8, 1954) is an American physician and Republican politician who is currently the designate to be the 23rd United States Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price was the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 6th congressional district, encompassing the northern suburbs of Atlanta from 2005 until his resignation in 2017. Price currently serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee[1] and has previously served as chairman of the Republican Study Committee and the Republican Policy Committee.[2][3]
Voting record and political views
Price opposes abortion and supported the proposed Protect Life Act of 2011, which would have denied Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) funding to health care plans that offered abortion (the PPACA already prevented public funding covering abortions) and allowed hospitals to decline to provide abortions.[21][22] The bill excludes cases where the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest and in cases where a woman suffers from a medical issue that would place her at risk of death unless an abortion is performed.[23] He was rated at 100 by the National Right to Life Center. He was rated at 0 by Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.[24] He participated in the 2011 March for Life.[25]
Price voted against federal funding of groups such as Planned Parenthood.[26] Price has said that the birth-control coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act violated religious freedoms and suggested that it is not necessary because all women can afford birth control.[27]
In response to questions as to whether or not vaccines cause autism, Price stated “I think the science in that instance is that it does not”.[28] Price voted to repeal portions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 on 
multiple occasions.[29][30]

Price voted against a law that allowed the Food & Drug Administration to regulate tobacco as a drug.[26]