WASHINGTON, DC -- In a sign of plans to roll back President Obama's health care law, President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate Georgia congressman and outspoken Obama critic Tom Price to be secretary of health and human services, officials said.
Late Monday night, U.S. Sen. David Perdue said, “Tom is a fellow Georgian who understands that we need to stop Washington's takeover of our health care system. As a doctor, he is seen as a leading voice on health care policy and has a common-sense plan to replace Obamacare that will lower costs and put patients in charge of their health care choices.
"I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Tom, and there is no doubt in my mind that he will do a fantastic job improving our nation’s health care system and the lives of all Americans.”
Price represents Georgia's 6th congressional district, which includes much of metro Atlanta's northern suburbs.
Ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a frequent Trump adviser, tweeted that Price will make a "great" HHS secretary, and "is the right leader to help Congress replace Obamacare."
A person familiar with the transition confirmed the planned nomination, speaking on condition of anonymity until the announcement is made official, perhaps on Tuesday.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who is leading Trump’s transition team, told reporters Monday night to expect “a number of very important announcements tomorrow." He didn't elaborate.