Become an informed Catholic. Click here to join the fight.
NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) - President-elect Donald Trump is naming a staunch pro-life candidate to be the United States' lead health official.
Georgia Republican congressman and physician Tom Price is being selected as head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Among other things, he would oversee the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Medicare and Medicaid.
Trump called Price "exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible healthcare to every American."
Price is endorsed and has a 100-percent rating by the National Right to Life and has opposed the federal funding of abortion and Planned Parenthood. In 2007, he voted for the Right to Life Act declaring that unborn children are human beings and entitled to protection under the 14th Amendment.
Price has also been a vocal proponent of other legislation affecting families, voting for a constitutional amendment declaring marriage as only being between one man and one woman.
He has also been at the forefront of the culture battle in the United States, especially the LGBT agenda promoted by the Obama administration, calling it a "vile liberal agenda that is threatening everything we hold dear as Americans."
Price is currently the Chair of the House Budget Committee and has been an active opponent of the Affordable Care Act — also called Obamacare — voting dozens of times along with other Republicans to defund and replace it.
"Congressional Democrats and the Obama administration blatantly ignored the voices of the American people and rammed through a hyperpartisan piece of legislation that will have a disastrous effect on our nation's healthcare system," he said of Obamacare.
He also wants to completely overhaul Medicare and Medicaid, making fundamental changes to both programs. Medicare requirements and eligibility would be passed down to the individual states and recipients, requiring "able-bodied" recipients to work for coverage. Medicaid coverage would be changed so that the federal government would give financial assistance to older Americans so they can get insurance from a private company. Both of these would significantly reduce the amount of government involvement in Americans' health care.
Price was an orthopedic surgeon for 20 years before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005, where he has served six consecutive terms. His appointment as HHS secretary is pending Senate approval once Trump takes office in January 2017.