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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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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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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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)

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)

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 

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

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

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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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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