Some Quick Facts About Tom Price, Trump's Nominee to Head HHS

Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, who President-elect Donald Trump nominated for secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, is 62-year-old former orthopedic surgeon who has championed a Republican vision of health care reform at odds with the ACA. Here’s a thumbnail sketch.


  • Price first introduced the Empowering Patients First Act in the 111th Congress and continues to reintroduce it in each session. He and other Republicans see the act as a potential replacement for the ACA. The bill focuses on making it easier for doctors to defend themselves against medical malpractice lawsuits, gives tax credits for buying health insurance, and lets insurance companies sell their products across state lines (a long-time GOP goal).
  • Unlike most doctors, Price opposes gun control. The National Rifle Association has given him a 92% approval rating. Meanwhile, he gets 0% from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
  • A staunch pro-lifer, Price proposed the Protect Life Act, which would block ACA funding to health plans that paid for abortions, and enables hospitals to deny emergency abortion care.
  • His residency was done at Emory University in Atlanta. He lives in Roswell.