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Trump chooses Obamacare opponent to lead Health and Human Services

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 30 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6469
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

US President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Representative Tom Price, a conservative Republican from Georgia, to be his secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Price, 62, a former orthopedic surgeon, has sought to repeal or defund President Obama’s Affordable Care Act since its passage in 2010.

The nomination suggests that Trump intends to pursue his campaign pledge to repeal and replace the health reform law, as well as proceed with major overhauls of Medicaid, the state-federal insurance plan for people who are poor or have a disability, and Medicare, the federal insurance plan for elderly people, sought by Republican congressional leaders.

Price has also attempted to end federal …

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