Blumenthal Statement on the Nomination of U.S. Representative Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services

As a Member of Congress, Price has routinely supported dangerous efforts to roll back women’s access to basic health services

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal expressed opposition to President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee, U.S. Representative Tom Price (R-GA), to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services. In this role, Price will oversee a federal agency charged with overseeing Medicare and Medicaid, executing the important protections and provisions laid out by the Affordable Care Act, and working to improve our nation’s public health. 

“Although Representative Price may be best known for his misguided attempts to roll back the Affordable Care Act, equally important is his agenda to prevent millions of American women from accessing safe, affordable and basic health care services.  Representative Price has championed the anti-choice movement, leading the charge to defund Planned Parenthood and disregarding the women who would be ruthlessly and recklessly deprived of basic health care screenings, family planning and contraception. Representative Price’s extremist positions are out of touch with the vast majority of American women and their families. He even voted against reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013. I am deeply concerned about his fitness to lead one of our most crucial domestic federal agencies, and will oppose his nomination.”