Tags: tom price | resignation | sparks | speculation | replacement

Price's Resignation Sparks Speculation Over Replacement

Image: Price's Resignation Sparks Speculation Over Replacement
(Mandel Ngan/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 03 October 2017 10:18 AM

Tom Price's resignation as secretary of Health and Human Services is sparking widespread speculation about who will be named to replace him, The Hill reports.

Insiders believe Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Scott Gottlieb, Food and Drug Administration commissioner, are the two most likely candidates.

But also mentioned are former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Two others, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., have taken themselves out of the running, the Hill reported.

And The Washington Post reported Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker have also been mentioned for the job.

Price resigned after a controversy erupted over his use of private jets for governmental travel.

Michael Leavitt, the former HHS secretary under President George W. Bush, said the next secretary has the chance to use administrative actions to push Obamacare in a rightward direction, according to the Hill.

"This is a powerful tool, and while not providing the political victory the president and Congress promised, it could, nonetheless, make constructive changes consistent with Republican ideology," he said. "The selection may provide insight on whether the president sees that opportunity."

But the Hill raised the possibility President Donald Trump may not appoint a replacement in the near future and leave acting Secretary Don Wright running the agency for now.

© 2018 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Politics
Tom Price's resignation as secretary of Health and Human Services is sparking widespread speculation about who will be named to replace him, The Hill reports.
tom price, resignation, sparks, speculation, replacement
232
2017-18-03
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 10:18 AM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved