Trump names Obamacare critic Tom Price to key role

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Trump names Obamacare critic Tom Price to key role

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Tom Price said he was “humbled by the incredible challenges that lay ahead”

US President-elect Donald Trump has named Obamacare critic Tom Price as his choice for health secretary.

The Georgia congressman and orthopaedic surgeon, 62, chairs the budget committee in the House of Representatives.

He would play a central role in Republican plans to replace the Affordable Healthcare Act.

In his campaign, Mr Trump vowed to repeal and replace the act, considered President Obama”s flagship measure.

However, he has since said he favours keeping certain provisions.

Mr Trump said that Mr Price was “exceptionally qualified”, referring to him as a “tireless problem solver” and “the go-to expert on healthcare policy”.

“He is exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible healthcare to every American,” Mr Trump said in a statement.

Mr Price said he was looking forward to the opportunity of serving as health secretary on behalf of the American people, adding that he was “humbled by the incredible challenges that lay ahead”.