Senate confirms Tom Price as Health and Human Services Secretary

The Georgia Representative needed no Democrats to get confirmation because the Republicans hold a majority of votes in the Senate. 
By Susan Morse
09:19 AM
Senate Tom Price

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The U.S. Senate confirmed Georgia Rep. Tom Price to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services early Friday morning.

Price needed no Democratic nods in the 52-47 party-line vote as Republicans hold a 52-seat majority in the Senate.

Democrats did protest Price's confirmation during debate on the Senate floor due to the Georgia representative's stance against the Affordable Care Act and for supporting an overhaul of Medicare using a voucher program, according to The Hill.

Price has come under fire from Democrats for his stock deals. During his Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearing, Democrats accused the former chairman of the Budget Committee of buying healthcare stocks while serving in Congress and then serving on committees that made decisions that helped boost the price of those stocks.

Price said he was transparent in his investments, made through a broker.

Democrats earlier boycotted a vote on Price's confirmation by not showing up for a Senate Finance Committee vote. But Republicans then changed the rules about needing at least Democrat present for confirmation and sent Price's nomination to the full Senate.

America's Health Insurance Plans Friday morning congratulated Price.

"AHIP congratulates Dr. Price on his confirmation. We look forward to working with him and his staff to develop and implement consumer-focused, private-sector solutions that will make health care more affordable and accessible for every American," said AHIP President and CEO Marilyn Tavenner.

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