Unlike appointees exposed to the scrutiny of the Senate, members of these so-called “beachhead teams” have operated largely in the shadows, with the White House declining to publicly reveal their identities.
Alan Bersin, who spent almost five years as President Clinton’s “border czar,” says a border wall won’t address the real challenges confronting the U.S. border enforcement system: hopelessly understaffed immigration courts and lawlessness and poverty in Central America.
From cutting off free birth control for women to tightening the eligibility rules for mid-year health insurance enrollees, Price — once confirmed as secretary of Health and Human Services — will be able to tinker around the edges of the 2010 law. And that gives Republican lawmakers a bit more time to find consensus on their repeal-and-replace effort.
CNN reported on Sunday that Rep. Price bought between $1,001 and $15,000 worth of shares last March in Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc., a medical device manufacturer. Days later, he introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would have delayed a regulation that could have ultimately damaged the company, CNN said.
It’s beginning to look like Donald Trump does not know how this whole president-ing thing works. And since he has the curiosity level of a pet rock, chances don’t seem great that he’ll be learning anytime soon.
Price in 2010 questioned the need for health insurers to offer birth control at no cost, saying he didn’t believe there were women who couldn’t afford coverage.
In tapping Rep. Tom Price to be his Health and Human Services secretary, Trump has elevated one of the most aggressive proponents of dramatically overhauling the government safety net for seniors and low-income Americans.
The flurry of picks showed Trump, a real estate tycoon with no governing experience, rewarding loyalists and established Washington veterans as he rounds out his circle of top advisers.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer denounced the choice saying, “Nominating Congressman Price to be the HHS secretary is akin to asking the fox to guard the hen house.”
By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Sunday that health insurance exchanges that are now up and running across the country have given uninsured Americans a true choice of insurance plans with price comparisons. “People have competitive choices and real information for the first […]