Carper Statement on Nomination of Rep. Tom Price as HHS Secretary

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement today on President-elect Trump’s nomination of Rep. Tom Price to serve as the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“Over 100 million Americans and their families depend on Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and health insurance provided through the Affordable Care Act for their health care. Preserving and improving these programs to ensure that all Americans have affordable access to the health care they need should be shared, bipartisan goals.

“That is why I am troubled that Congressman Price has championed significant proposals that show little regard for the most vulnerable members of our communities, including jeopardizing the guaranteed protections in our bedrock health care programs. At a time when my constituents tell me health care costs remain far too high, Congressman Price’s proposals stand in direct contrast to what most Americans need and want. I look forward to meeting Congressman Price and reviewing his nomination carefully based on his legislative initiatives in Congress, as well as his intentions and ability to preserve and strengthen Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and the Affordable Care Act moving forward.”