HHS Nominee Price Opposes Obamacare, Backs Medicare Vouchers

11.29.2016 -

U.S. Rep. Tom Price is expected to be named HHS secretary by President-elect Donald Trump, according to a person familiar with the decision.

Price, an orthopedic surgeon from Georgia, would be a key part of Trump's promise to begin repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act immediately after inauguration in January. 

Price currently has a powerful position as chairman of the House Budget Committee. The Republican is also on the health subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee. 

Trump adviser Newt Gingrich tweeted his approval, calling Price "the right leader to help Congress replace Obamacare."

Price has been a staunch critic of the ACA and was one of the first to put forward his own replacement plan in the form of the Empowering Patients First Act.  (