A Nebraska Congressman applauds President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Health and Human Services Secretary.
Congressman Adrian Smith has served with Congressman Tom Price of Georgia on the House Ways and Means Committee. Smith says Price is the right man to tackle dismantling and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
“I would venture to say he is probably one of the most knowledgeable nominees for HHS as far back as I am aware,” Smith tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call.
Smith calls Price an advocate for patient-based health care reform. Price is a physician. A harsh critic of the Affordable Care Act, Price has proposed an alternative in Congress. Smith says he’s confident Price is committed to strengthening Medicare and Medicaid. Smith says any new approach needs to focus on reducing the cost of health care.
Smith says while he doesn’t know how Price will approach change, he trusts his instincts and experience.
“I think his knowledge and expertise will serve Americans very well, especially seniors,” Smith says.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]