Price, an orthopedic surgeon, chaired the House Budget Committee and was a member of the Ways and Means subcommittee on Health last session. He is the chief architect on one of the plans overhauling the 2010 health care law and replacing it with a more conservative alternative.
Democrats have identified Price as one of eight nominees they will seriously challenge during the confirmation process and have expressed concerns over the Congressman’s position on the 2010 health care law as well as stock trading he did while a Member of Congress. Democratic members of the HELP sought a delay in the hearing process until there could be more investigation into Price’s finances but were denied.
Despite opposition, HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said he expects Price to be confirmed by mid-February.