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Trump selects anti-marriage equality Tom Price to head H.H.S

Rep. Tom Price of Georgia
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Political Insider blog - AJC.com

Donald Trump has selected another anti-LGBT politician to join his cache of conservative cabinet members.

This time it’s reactionary Rep. Tom Price of Georgia. Price, 62, was selected as the new secretary of Health and Human Services reports The Hill.

The orthopedic surgeon has long been a detractor of Obamacare and scores nil on the Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard.

Not only is Price anti-choice, but he said in 2015 after the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage that it was, “a sad day for marriage.”

The Gerogia Republican released a statement from his office on Tuesday morning: 

I am humbled by the incredible challenges that lay ahead and enthusiastic for the opportunity to be a part of solving them on behalf of the American people.

There is much work to be done to ensure we have a healthcare system that works for patients, families, and doctors; that leads the world in the cure and prevention of illness; and that is based on sensible rules to protect the well-being of the country while embracing its innovative spirit.

Price would like more people to rely on private health insurance rather than Medicare. The idea being that the government would assist people with funds or tax credits to better afford private plans.

Democrats are wary of this idea, saying it would “end Medicare as we know it.”

“Congressman Price has proven to be far out of the mainstream of what Americans want when it comes to Medicare, the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood,” said New York Senator Chuck Schumer. “Thanks to those three programs, millions of American seniors, families, people with disabilities and women have access to quality, affordable health care. Nominating Congressman Price to be the H.H.S. secretary is akin to asking the fox to guard the henhouse.”

Congressman Price and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Roswell, GA.  They have one son.