November 29, 2016 8:28 AM
Congressman Tom Price has officially been tapped to take the helm of Health and Human Services. The doctor turned Congressman who authored the Republicans’ most comprehensive alternative to Obamacare will now be in charge of overseeing the program and/or its replacement. Congressman Price’s statement on his nomination is as follows:
“It is an honor to be nominated to serve our nation as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Thanks to President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence for their confidence. I am humbled by the incredible challenges that lay ahead and enthusiastic for the opportunity to be a part of solving them on behalf of the American people. There is much work to be done to ensure we have a health care system that works for patients, families, and doctors; that leads the world in the cure and prevention of illness; and that is based on sensible rules to protect the well-being of the country while embracing its innovative spirit.
“The citizens of Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District have given me the privilege of representing them in Congress. I am so proud and grateful to live in and work on behalf of such a wonderful community and hope to continue serving our fellow citizens in this new role.”
Congressman Price must be confirmed by the Senate, at which point he would resign his House seat. This will set up a special election to fill Georgia-6. Cody gave a list a couple of weeks ago of possible replacements. We’ll have a lot more to say about that later. For now, this post is about Congressman Price.