US Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) voted against the nomination of Congressman Tom Price for the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The 52-to-47 Senate vote that confirmed Rep. Tom Price as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services went along party lines.
Sen. Donnelly said he had concerns about Price’s commitment to repealing the health care law and privatizing Medicare.
“Rather than working together to improve our health care system, many of the policies championed by Congressman Tom Price would take health care away from Hoosiers families and seniors. Congressman Tom Price has said, time and again, that he wants to repeal the health care law, and he is the architect of a plan to privatize Medicare. I take him at his word and believe that is what he will work to do. I will fight to make sure Hoosier seniors receive the Medicare benefits they’ve earned and that families continue to have access to health care, including through HIP 2.0,” said Donnelly.
Donnelly announce his opposition to Price in late November – saying that more than 1.1 million Hoosiers are enrolled in Medicare and younger Hoosiers are paying into Medicare with the expectation that they will receive the same benefits in order to be able to retire ‘with dignity.’
Republican view Price, who is an orthopedic surgeon, as a champion of free market principles.