Dr. Tom Price

Health and Human Services

Congressman Tom Price, a former physician and House Budget Committee Chairman, is a champion of the House GOP’s efforts to abolish the Affordable Care Act and replace it with free-market health policy ideas. HHS is at the head of two vast insurance programs: Medicaid for low-income people and Medicare for older Americans. Altogether, the $80 billion department budget funds 11 operating divisions, including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and the agency that runs the nation’s welfare program, TANF. For more information on Rep. Price see ScienceInsider. Dr. Price was confirmed on 10 February 2017. 

Read the AAAS letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee, Dr. Tom Price. 

Why is this department important to the science community? 

For decades, the Department, largely through the National Institutes of Health, has been the largest federal funder of non-defense research, and is crucial to training the next generation of biomedical innovators. Furthermore, social science research, including studies performed or funded by the Department, can provide critical insights into how to design effective patient care. Basing policy decisions on scientific evidence – rigorously obtained and thoroughly tested – is essential for assessing what works, what doesn’t, and what options are most likely to achieve their desired outcomes. I hope that you will embed a science perspective throughout the Department – research that you can use in addition to the research that you fund.