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Tom Price is officially the new Secretary of Health and Human Services

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Tom Price is officially the new Secretary of Health and Human Services

UPDATE 12:06p.m. |  Tom Price on Friday (Feb.10) was officially sworn in as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

He tweeted this following his swearing in ceremony.

The Senate voted late early Friday morning to confirm Tom Price as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Senators voted 52-47 along party lines, making Price one of the most contentious HHS nominees in decades. 

As head of HHS, Price will lead the charge on the GOP's Obamacare replacement plan and will enforce any new laws on healthcare policy, including changes to medicaid, medicare and prescription drug pricing regulations. 

Democrats largely opposed Price over his free-market, small government views on health care, particularly his desire to privatize Medicare by shifting it to a block grant program. 

Democrats strongly criticized Price for buying stocks in medical companies while he was writing legislation that would benefit those companies. Price insisted that he complied with all ethical requirements when he made the purchases. 

Price is one of many contentious Cabinet nominees Democrats have been stalling on. 

It took a rare, tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence to confirm Education Secretary Betsy DeVos this week. 

Next, Senators will focus on confirming President Trump's pick to lead the Treasury Department, Steven Mnuchin. 


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