Tom Price, Donald Trump’s choice for health secretary, is the latest of a handful of Cabinet nominees to narrowly be confirmed by a bitterly divided Senate.
Here’s everything you need to know about the man who will play a pivotal role in Trump’s administration.
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He was elected to represent Georgia’s 6th district in 2004 and served four terms in the Georgia State Senate.
Republican John Cornyn said the Democrats’ “obstruction” of Cabinet nominees was a rejection of Trump’s victory in the election and threatened “the stability of the government and that peaceful transition of power” from Obama.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Price “knows more about healthcare policy than just about anyone”. He said Price would help “bring stability to healthcare markets that Obamacare has harmed”.
The opposite, perhaps unsurprisingly. Following Price’s confirmation, Democrat and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said: “The Republicans launch their first assault in their war on seniors.”
Senator Jeanne Shaheen said: “He seems to have no higher priority than to terminate health coverage for millions of people.”
She said his preference for limiting women’s access to free birth control was “not only wrong, it’s arrogant”.
With some difficulty. Price was only confirmed earlier today on a 52-47 margin, which is pretty slim.
Democrats prolonged the debate on the 62-year-old Price until nearly 2am EST Friday, in arguments tinged with bitter accusations.
Price has supported ending federal payments to Planned Parenthood, and reducing Medicaid and giving states more power to shape the healthcare programme for the poor. He would reshape Medicare’s guaranteed health coverage for the elderly into a programme offering subsidies for people to buy policies.