Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price has been selected by President-elect Donald Trump as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services in the coming administration. The transition team announced the nomination today. Price is a former orthopedic surgeon and has been a firebrand opponent of the Affordable Care Act a.k.a. Obamacare. He currently serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee.
 
Trump said in a statement that Price “earned a reputation for being a tireless problem solver and the go-to expert on healthcare policy, making him the ideal choice to serve in this capacity.” Trump went on to say, “He is exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible healthcare to every American. I am proud to nominate him as Secretary of Health and Human Services.” 
 
"It is an honor to be nominated to serve our nation as Secretary of Health and Human Services,” said Price in a statement. “There is much work to be done to ensure we have a healthcare 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."
 
Rep. Price was first elected to represent Georgia’s 6th district in November 2004. Previously, he has served as Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee and Chairman of the Republican Study Committee. 
 
Trump also announced that he had selected Seema Verma to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Trump said, “She has decades of experience advising on Medicare and Medicaid policy and helping states navigate our complicated systems. Together, Chairman Price and Seema Verma are the dream team that will transform our healthcare system for the benefit of all Americans.”
 
Seema Verma is the President, CEO and founder of SVC, Inc., a national health policy consulting company. She has worked on a variety of policy and strategic projects involving Medicaid, insurance, and public health, working with Governors' offices, State Medicaid agencies, State Health Departments, State Departments of Insurance, as well as the federal government, private companies, and foundations.  Ms. Verma is the architect of the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), the nation's first consumer-directed Medicaid program under Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana and then-Governor Pence’s HIP 2.0 waiver proposal.

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