The Senate hasÂ confirmedÂ Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia) to headÂ the Department of Health and Human ServicesÂ through aÂ 52-47 vote, Reuters reported Friday.
Susan Cornwell writesÂ Price will have the ability to modifyÂ regulations underÂ the 2010 Affordable Care ActÂ in hisÂ role as HHS secretary.
HeÂ authored theÂ legislation to repeal ACA and replace it with tax credits for health insurance purchases, Cornwell reported.
Price is an orthopedic surgeon and the first doctor to lead HHSÂ since Louis Sullivan, who held the role inÂ the George W. Bush administration, Robert Pear and Thomas KaplanÂ reported for The New York Times.
He has also supported proposals to provide a fixed government contribution for each Medicare beneficiary as chairman of the House Budget Committee.
The HHS secretary is in charge of a more thanÂ $1 trillion annual budget as well as agencies that regulate food and drugs, support biomedical research and mitigateÂ public health threats.