The following comes from a November 29 LifeSiteNews article by Claire Chretien:
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen pro-life, pro-marriage, anti-Obamacare Rep. Tom Price, R-GA, to be his Secretary of Health and Human Services, Trump announced early Tuesday.
Price is an orthopedic surgeon and the Chairman of the House Budget Committee. He has said “there’s nothing more precious or more worth defending than the sanctity of life” in a video made to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
“There is nothing more fundamental to our humanity than to defend life,” Price commented on the 2011 March for Life. “The March for Life movement has for nearly four decades given a voice to those who have no voice. It is a privilege to stand together with thousands of Americans in solidarity and faithful commitment to our solemn duty to protect and defend the lives of the most innocent among us.”
Price reacted to Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court decision redefining marriage in all 50 states, by decrying the use of the Court system as “a systematic springboard to enact agendas outside the democratic and legislative structures of government.”
“Thirty States have held statewide ballots banning gay marriage since the year 2000, and yet legislating from the bench has superseded both public approval and our elected representatives,” said Price. “This is not only a sad day for marriage, but a further judicial destruction of our entire system of checks and balances.”
Price called the Center for Medical Progress videos showing Planned Parenthood trafficking in human body parts “disturbing” when he voted against funding the abortion giant. He called the effort to defund Planned Parenthood “about common, human decency.”
Marjorie Dannenfelser, the President of the pro-life political group the Susan B. Anthony List, said Price is an “excellent choice” for HHS secretary.
“Chairman Price, a renowned physician, has earned a reputation for being a tireless problem solver and the go-to expert on healthcare policy, making him the ideal choice to serve in this capacity,” said President-elect Trump. “He is exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible healthcare to every American. I am proud to nominate him as Secretary of Health and Human Services.”
As HHS Secretary, Price will have enormous influence on American healthcare policy. The department oversees Medicare, Medicaid, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.