Concerns Over Access
Not everyone was pleased with Price's nomination. NARAL Pro-Choice America Senior Vice President Sasha Bruce said that with the nomination "Trump is sending a clear signal that he intends to punish women who seek abortion care."
"Tom Price is someone who has made clear throughout his career that he does not trust women to make our own decisions about our healthcare. Instead, he wants to punish us for the choices we make for our bodies, our futures, and our families," Bruce said.
"In Congress, Tom Price cosponsored some of the most offensive anti-choice legislation on record, legislation that could ban abortion for almost any reason. Not only has Tom Price tried to outlaw abortion nationwide, including in cases of rape, incest, and health of the woman, he has worked to put an outright ban on the most common forms of contraception. As chair of the Budget Committee, he has been on the front lines of the efforts to dismantle the lifesaving Affordable Care Act, as well as the dangerous attempts to defund Planned Parenthood. For the seven in 10 Americans who support legal access to abortion, this is an incredibly alarming pick."
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, who will lead the Senate minority next year, aired his disdain for Price's nomination on Twitter. "Nominating Rep Price @HHSGov Sec like asking a fox to guard the hen house; risks seniors, women, people w/ disabilities' healthcare access," Schumer wrote.
John Commins is a content specialist and online news editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.