Donald Trump picks Obamacare opponent Tom Price to run US health care

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Republican President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Georgia Rep. Tom Price, a former orthopedic surgeon who has emerged as one of the harshest congressional critics of the Affordable Care Act, to serve as the secretary of health and human services in his administration, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

In line with the Republican Party consensus, Price advocates repealing the ACA, and as chairman of the House Budgetary Committee, the six-term congressman has been at the core of GOP efforts to repeal the ACA.

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Rep. Tom Price gets into an elevator at Trump Tower, November 16, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet positions for the new administration.

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Former House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, participates in a ceremonial House swearing-in ceremony for Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011.

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Chairman of the House Budget Committee Tom Price (R-GA) announces the House Budget during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 17, 2015.

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Rep. Tom Price arrives at Trump Tower, November 16, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet positions for the new administration.

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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) hands the pen to Representative Tom Price (R-GA) after signing a bill repealing Obamacare at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 7, 2016. The U.S. Congress on Wednesday approved legislation dismantling President Barack Obama's signature health care plan, putting on his desk an election-year measure that faces a certain veto.

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President Bush is introduced by Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga. prior to speaking at a Republican lawmakers luncheon at The Greenbrier, Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

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Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., and Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., leave the office of House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, before a vote on a measure to let insurers keep offering health coverage that falls short of the law's standards. A day earlier, the president changed course in the face of a public uproar over the flawed debut of the Affordable Care Act and said he would take administrative action which doesn't need congressional approval to let companies continue selling such plans for at least another year.

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Rep. Daniel Webster, D-Fla., left, and Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., walk together to a House Republican Conference meeting to hear a presentation on the budget agreement worked out by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and other negotiators, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., joined at right by Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., heads to a meeting of House Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Ryan, the party's last vice presidential nominee, said this week that he will not seek the presidency in 2016 and will work to shape GOP policy as head of the powerful Ways and Means panel.

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Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga. addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.

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Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., left, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., center, and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., listen as Vice President Dick Cheney speaks about the President's plan to reform Social Security during a town hall style appearance at Campbell High School in Smyrna, Ga., Monday, May 2, 2005. Some 600 people attended the event including 180 students that were invited from area schools.

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But unlike many other members of his party, as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, Price has a simple, conservative-friendly plan on what to replace it with — de facto tax cuts and a return to the market.

In Price's vision, the AJC wrote, Congress would eliminate the individual mandate and Obamacare's network of exchanges and instead substitute it with tax credits to subsidize health insurance purchases on the private market. The federal government would also "give grants to states to set up high-risk and reinsurance pools for those who cannot find insurance on the individual market."

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Sarah Palin is rumored to be among Trump's picks for Interior Secretary. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump named Jeff Sessions his pick for U.S. attorney general. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump named Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn his pick for National Security Adviser. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Trump named Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., as his preferred pick for CIA director. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Newt Gingrich is rumored to be among Trump's top picks for secretary of state. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Mitt Romney has reportedly been in discussions for secretary of state. 

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Ted Cruz was believed to be under consideration for Trump's attorney general

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Steven Mnuchin is rumored to be Trump's top pick for Treasury Secretary. (KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
 

Bob Corker is also rumored to be among Trump's picks for secretary of state. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

Stephen Hadley is rumored to be in the running for secretary of defense. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Jim Talent is rumored to also be in the running for secretary of defense. REUTERS/Tim Parker 

Rudy Giuliani was also rumored to be among Trump's top picks for attorney general. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Forrest Lucas is rumored to be Trump's top pick for Interior Secretary. ( Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

Robert Grady is also being eyed for the Interior Secretary position.  REUTERS/Fred Prouser 

Donald Trump Jr. is also said to have interest in the Interior Secretary position. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Controversial pick Sid Miller is one of the many being considered for Agriculture Secretary. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Sam Brownback is also one of the several names being considered for Agriculture Secretary. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Billionaire Wilbur Ross is a rumored choice for Commerce Secretary. FINANCE-WLROSS/ REUTERS/Tim Chong 

Daniel Dimicco, a Trump Trade Advisor is also on the possible list for Commerce Secretary.  REUTERS/Chris Keane 

Victoria Lipnic (left) is being considered for Labor Secretary.(AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Rick Scott is considered to be a top contender for Health and Human Services Secretary.  REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

Ben Carson was also rumored to be in the running for Health and Human Services Secretary -- but said he doesn't want the job. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Harold Hamm is considered to be the top contender for Energy Secretary.  (AP PhotoKevin Cederstrom)

Jeff Miller's name has been bounced around many times for the Veterans Affairs Secretary position. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

David Clarke is rumored to be among Trump's top picks for Homeland Security Secretary. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Myron Bell who has been a part of Trump's transition team is rumored to be the top pick for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator position. 

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Representative Tom Price of Georgia is being considered for the position of secretary of health and human services.

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Ivana Trump, the president-elect's ex-wife, has said she wants Trump to name her as ambassador to the Czech Republic.

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John Bolton is yet another rumored pick for secretary of state. 

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As the Wall Street Journal noted, Price "has already said he is open to compromise with fellow GOP lawmakers on many points" on his health care plan.

Price is also a social conservative who has backed legislative efforts to prevent women from purchasing health insurance that covers abortions under Obamacare and allow hospitals to deny abortions to women with life-threatening conditions.

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