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Lanhee Chen: Tom Price: The Right Man for HHS

Later this week, the Senate will take up the nomination of Dr. Tom Price to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. Dr. Price is uniquely qualified for the job—he’s a physician with real-world experience who also has an excellent understanding of the health policy challenges facing our country.

During his time in Congress, Dr. Price wrote a market-based health care reform plan that will lower costs, expand access and enhance innovation. Indeed, the Price plan will serve as a template for reform in the months ahead.

Unfortunately, Senate Democrats have engaged in an unprecedented level of hyper-partisanship during the confirmation processes of Dr. Price and other cabinet nominees. In fact, they have voted for fewer of the majority party’s nominees than any other minority party in American history.  And they’ve resorted to character assassination against Dr. Price and other Trump cabinet nominees.

It’s sad, because good men like Tom Price are waiting to serve.  Our leaders in Washington should put petty partisanship aside and vote to confirm Dr. Price without delay.