Georgia Rep. Tom Price, selected as health secretary

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President-elect Donald Trump is slowly building his team, the latest addition being Georgia Rep. Tom Price, who is expected to be in charge with the Department of Health and Human Services, says a person familiar with the decision, cited by The Telegraph.

Expect big changes to the healthcare law!

If Mr. Price will be confirmed by the Senate, he will play an essential role in the GOP’s effort to repeal and replace the current healthcare law, even though Donald Trump has been vague about his plans regarding this and what he actually hopes to see in a replacement bill. On the other side, he did mention about previsions that allow young people to stay on their parents’ insurance, preventing insurance companies from denying coverage to those who have pre-existing conditions, says the above-mentioned source.

It seems that the healthcare bill the GOP is working at will be similar to another measure proposed in 2015, but vetoed by Barack Obama, which would’ve gutted features like Medicaid expansion, tax penalties for those who refused to get coverage, subsidies to help middle-class citizens buy private policies, as well as several taxes supporting coverage expansion.

The nomination is just a matter of hours

Tom Price’s nomination should be announced this Tuesday morning. He is well known for being one of the biggest critics of President Barack Obama’s health care law, as well as for career as an orthopedic surgeon and six terms in the Congress. He has worked alongside House Speaker Paul Ryan, at assembling the Republican’s budgets aimed at reducing the annual deficit.