What We Know About Trump Administration's Key Healthcare Players

By: Guest Author | Posted on: Jan 25, 2017

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White House

Domestic Policy Council
 
Andrew Bremberg, director
Bremberg, a top aide for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell worked at HHS under President George W. Bush and was Mitt Romney's point person on proposals for repeal of the Affordable Care Act in 2012.
 
Katy Talento, Healthcare policy
The longtime GOP Hill staffer, most recently for Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, has drawn criticism for writing about health hazards of birth-control drugs for the Federalist, a conservative website.
 
Zina Bash, regulatory reform, legal and immigration policy
The Harvard-trained lawyer most recently was an executive at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, a physician-owned hospital in Edinburg, Texas.
 

HHS

 
Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.)
The orthopedic surgeon, if confirmed as HHS secretary, is primed to dismantle the ACA and will push for more state control over health spending. Democrats have seized on reports that he used his influence on behalf of healthcare companies in his stock portfolio and that have contributed to his campaign.
 
CMS Seema Verma
As a consultant to GOP governors, Trump's pick for CMS administrator helped infuse Medicaid waivers with conservative policy ideas such as Indiana's requirement that beneficiaries pay into health savings accounts.

FDA

Names floated for FDA commissioner include Balaji Srinivasan, who co-founded a genetic testing company, and Jim O'Neil, a former HHS official who's now with an investment firm run by Trump confidant Peter Thiel. Both made their names as libertarians in Silicon Valley. Another candidate is Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

 

CDC

WIth Trump yet to name anyone to run the CDC, Dr. Anne Schuchat, an epidemiologist who joined the agency in 1988 and has served as principal deputy director, will assume interim leadership.
 
National Institutes of Health

On the eve of his inauguration, Trump asked Dr. Francis Collinsto stay on, at least for now. President Barack Obama tapped Collins, known for his leadership of the Human Genome Project, to run the NIH in 2009.

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