February 10, 2017

Price Confirmed as HHS Secretary

By a vote of 52 to 47, the U.S. Senate confirmed Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-GA) as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the early morning hours of Feb. 10. Price’s official confirmation vote took place at an unusual time of day due to Senate Democrats utilizing every parliamentary maneuver possible to delay his confirmation largely as a reflection of continued opposition to President Donald Trump.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) supports Price’s confirmation and is excited to work with his new staff at HHS.

Price, however, assumes this prominent cabinet position during a very contentious time in the history of U.S. health care policy. The new HHS Secretary promises to play a key role in the effort to dismantle the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) by issuing numerous regulations that will likely scale back key elements of the existing law. Price is also expected to work with Congress to craft a specific legislative proposal to replace Obamacare. Price is a traditional proponent of widespread Medicare reforms, and it remains to be seen if policies he championed in the past will be included in any Obamacare replacement plan.

The ACR will continue to follow developments associated with the effort to scale back PPACA. Look for radiology-specific coverage in Advocacy in Action eNews.