Vice President Mike Pence administers the oath of office to the new health secretary, Representative Tom Price. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Vice President Mike Pense administered the oath of office on Friday (February 10) to Representative Tom Price as the top U.S. healthcare official, putting a determined opponent of Obamacare in position to help President Donald Trump dismantle the healthcare law. The Senate voted early Friday morning 52-47 to approve the conservative Georgia Republican and orthopedic surgeon as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a massive department with an annual budget of more than $1 trillion. His confirmation opens the door for lawmakers to consider Trump's U.S. Treasury secretary designate, Steven Mnuchin. A vote on his nomination is expected on Monday. Price, in his new job, will have authority to rewrite rules implementing the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Price could move quickly to rework the law's regulations while waiting for Republicans in Congress to keep their pledge to scrap the law entirely. Republicans, who have the majority in Congress, are trying to craft a replacement for Obamacare but have not agreed on one. Twenty million Americans gained health insurance under the law.