Domestic Policy Council
What we know so far about the Trump administration's key healthcare players
Andrew Bremberg, directorBremberg, 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 policyThe 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 policyThe Harvard-trained lawyer most recently was an executive at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, a physician-owned hospital in Edinburg, Texas.
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.
Seema VermaAs 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.
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.
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 Collins to 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.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)Trump's nominee for attorney general would be charged with reducing fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid and would lead the administration's enforcement of antitrust laws as healthcare players continue to consolidate.
Chairwoman Edith Ramirez plans to resign Feb.10 from the FTC, which polices consolidation among hospitals and physician practices. Trump is said to be considering Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes for the job.
Dr. David ShulkinNow the VA's undersecretary for health, Shulkin is Trump's nominee to become the department's secretary. He is expected to resist calls for privatization of veterans' healthcare and continue the efforts to improve quality and access initiated under the Obama administration.
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