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Tom Price Was Confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services

Here’s what that means for the future of Obamacare.

The US Senate narrowly confirmed Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services just after 2 AM Friday morning, after Democrats stalled the vote for hours of additional debate. The vote broke cleanly along party lines, with 47 Democrats opposing him and 52 Republicans voting yes.

As Secretary of Health, Price will be in charge of a sprawling federal agency with a $1 trillion budget that oversees the Food and Drug Administration, Medicare, Medicaid, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health, among others.

Price, a Republican congressman from Georgia, is best known for his virulent opposition to Obamacare, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act. He has proposed a bill to replace it every year since the health law was first passed. Many see his most recent proposition,

from 2015

, as a blueprint for what an eventual Obamacare replacement would likely look like.

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