‘Health care is a good thing’: Trump’s pick to head HHS says ‘we have to’
President-elect Donald Trump has named Mick Mulvaney, a former Republican congressman from South Carolina, as his choice for the nation’s top health and human services job.
The choice was a surprise for Democrats, who had hoped for Mulvay to join a group of Trump cabinet picks who have been outspoken in their opposition to the Affordable Care Act.
Mulvaney will be in charge of all aspects of the health care system, including Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.
He is also responsible for overseeing the agency’s budget, spending and other policies.
The nomination came after Mulvane spent the last week lobbying on behalf of the Affordable Health Care Act, a landmark law that expanded coverage to millions of Americans, particularly older Americans.
The president-elect is likely to have the first major health care overhaul since President George W. Bush’s 2010 law and will likely enact the most sweeping changes in nearly a decade.
The law provides coverage for millions of low-income Americans and offers tax credits to help those afford coverage.
It was signed by then-President Barack Obama in March 2010 and expanded in 2020.
Democrats were eager to see Mulvays Cabinet appointees speak out against the Affordable Healthcare Act and its effects.
He has called it a “fraudulent, failed and unconstitutional plan” that is “not working.”