Tom Price, Trump’s nominee for secretary of health and human services, was confirmed by the Senate on Friday. Price, a long-time critic of the Affordable Care Act and a man many view as an existential threat to Medicare and Medicaid, was confirmed on a vote of 52-47. No Democrats voted to confirm Price.
As reported by the Washington Post, “[the 52-47 vote made Price the latest in a series of controversial Cabinet nominees whom the Senate’s Republican majority has been strong enough to muscle through on party-line votes. Price did not draw a single vote from Senate Democrats, who argued that the intersection of the nominee’s personal investments and legislative behavior warranted deeper scrutiny of his ethics.”
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a critic of Price who has long warned of the dangers he poses to Medicare and Medicaid, had this to say, via Twitter:
“We don’t need an HHS secretary who will end Medicare as we know it. We need an HHS secretary who will protect and expand Medicare.”