Let the repeal and replacement of Obamacare begin!
The Senate early Friday morning installed Rep. Tom Price as the nation’s top health care official, putting him in charge of HHS and Republicans’ effort to make good on their pledge to repeal and replace the sweeping Affordable Care Act.
Price’s confirmation came by a slim 52-47 margin, ending weeks of partisan rancor marked by ethics allegations, boycotts and sharp breaks with Senate tradition and decorum. The seven-term congressman maintained full Republican support throughout the process, ensuring his path to HHS secretary was never in real danger. No Democrats voted for him.
But the bitter opposition to Price’s nomination — which culminated with Democrats delaying a final vote for nearly 30 hours — served as a preview of the fight to come over the future of American health care. And Price could well start that fight immediately by using his authority as secretary to roll back or not enforce select pieces of Obamacare — the mandated benefit package, perhaps, or the hot-button birth control coverage rules.
“I feel passionately about the fact that this is the wrong person to serve in that job,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said during a Thursday floor speech. “He seems to have no higher priority than to terminate health coverage for millions of people across this country.”
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