January 24, 2017

Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services


  • Congressman Tom Price is a doctor who has dedicated his life to putting patients first.
  • Dr. Price is a proven leader, a tireless problem solver, and a consistent voice on quality health care policy.
  • He is the first medical doctor to be nominated to head HHS since 1989.

Biography

Tom Price’s first job was bringing in the cows for milking on the family farm in Michigan. The family moved to suburban Detroit when he was five years old. His mother worked as a teacher, and his father and grandfather were both doctors.

Price received bachelor’s and MD degrees from the University of Michigan and then moved to Atlanta, where he has lived for nearly 40 years. Price completed his residency at Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where he met his wife, Betty, an anesthesiologist.

“[T]he last thing we want to do is go from a Democrat health care system to a Republican health care system. Our goal would be to go from what we see as a Democrat health care system to an American health care system that recognizes the needs of all.” – Tom Price, 1-18-2017

Dr. Price had his own orthopedic practice for many years before returning to be medical director of the orthopedic clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital. Grady is the public safety-net hospital for Atlanta and serves a large number of low-income patients. He saw firsthand the challenges faced by medical professionals and by patients.

Dr. Price was elected to four terms in the Georgia state senate and served as senate majority leader. In 2004, he was elected to represent Georgia’s 6th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has served as chairman of the Budget Committee, Republican Policy Committee, and Republican Study Committee; he has also been a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

Senate Action

On January 18, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions held a courtesy hearing on Dr. Price’s nomination to be secretary of health and human services. The Finance Committee held a hearing Dr. Price’s nomination on January 24.  

Considerations

Dr. Price is a trusted leader, a tireless problem solver, and one of the go-to Republicans in Congress on health care policy. He has dedicated his life to putting patients first. He is also the first medical doctor to be nominated to be secretary of health and human services since Louis Sullivan in 1989.

At the HELP hearing last week, he expressed his hope to work across party lines, highlighting the bipartisan environment in Georgia in which he learned to legislate. Dr. Price said he is eager to help ensure six health care principles in particular: affordability; accessibility; quality; responsiveness; innovation; and choices. He stressed the need to ensure that people do not lose health coverage in the transition and that they be able to move into a system that provides their families with more choices.

Issue Tags: Health Care, Senate