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HHS: Who Will Replace Price?

Monday, October 2, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bradley Coffey, MA, AAOE Government Affairs
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Washington, DC - With the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, MD on Friday due to controversy over the use of private jets in conducting government business, speculation has now turned to who will replace the former orthopaedic surgeon at the helm of the largest bureaucracy in Washington.

The White House announced on Friday (September 29) that while a search is undertaken, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS Don Wright would lead the agency. Before working at HHS, Wright operated a private medical practice in Texas for 15 years. While Wright could ultimately receive the nod from the President to be Secretary, he is not expected to be seriously considered for the role.

Politico released a list of potential contenders on Friday and several on the list are already serving in the Trump administration:

  • Seema Verma: Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
  • David Shulkin: Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
  • Scott Gottlieb: Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration.
  • Ben Carson: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Bobby Jindal: Former Governor of Louisiana.

Axios also released a list with many of the same names on it (minus Ben Carson) and added Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), an orthopaedic surgeon and current Chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee.

There is not a timeline for confirmation of a new Secretary. The House and Senate are currently working towards a comprehensive overhaul of the tax system and the White House may be loathe to send over a name before action is taken on tax reform for fear of upsetting the already delicate discussions currently underway.

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