Pallone Statement on Price’s Nomination for HHS Secretary
WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) issued the following statement today upon news that House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) has been tapped by President-Elect Donald Trump to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services:
“Based on the devastating legislative proposals Congressman Price has put forward as Budget Committee Chairman, I’m deeply concerned about the direction that he would take the Department of Health and Human Services as its Secretary. Under Price’s leadership the Budget Committee has proposed stripping health insurance away from millions of middle class Americans by repealing the Affordable Care Act, cutting $2 trillion from Medicaid that provides access to health care for our most vulnerable, and just this month he touted a plan to privatize Medicare for America’s seniors. These are not the types of proposals a Secretary of Health and Human Services should be advocating.
“While I am hopeful that Chairman Price will rethink his dangerous proposals if he is confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services, I am prepared to fight any effort to take away Americans' access to health care.”