With Price Nomination, Trump Undercuts Campaign Promise To Protect Medicare
Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., Donald Trump's choice to head HHS, is eager to overhaul the program that the incoming president swore to defend.
Los Angeles Times:
Trump Pledged To Protect Medicare. His Choice For Health Secretary Has Other Ideas
In tapping Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to be his Health and Human Services secretary, [Trump] has elevated one of the most aggressive proponents of dramatically overhauling the government safety net for seniors and low-income Americans, a long-held conservative goal. Trump also took a step toward a potentially explosive political battle over the entitlements, which account for close to half of all federal spending.Such a battle — and the threat of benefit cuts to more than 100 million Americans — risks alienating some of the very working-class voters who fueled Trump’s unexpected victory. (Levey and Bierman, 11/29)