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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, center, accompanied by his wife Betty, and Vice President Mike Pence, signs an official document during a swearing in ceremony, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, in the in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A look at what’s ahead for newly-minted health Secretary Tom Price

11:15 am Feb. 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – Winning Senate confirmation wasn’t the half of it. Now comes the real test for former Georgia Rep. Tom Price.

Resting squarely on the shoulders of the newly-minted secretary of health and human services is the GOP’s longtime quest of unraveling and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Not only that, but to do it in a way that would keep insurance affordable for millions of Americans, prevent pandemonium in the insurance market and walk

Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, accompanied by his wife Betty, after a swearing-in ceremony, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, in the in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Watch Mike Pence swear in Tom Price as health secretary

1:10 pm Feb. 10, 2017

WASHINGTON – Less than 12 hours after he was confirmed by the Senate, Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price was installed as the 23rd secretary of health and human services.

Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office in a brief ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building late Friday morning.

Pence, a pal of Price’s from their days together in the House, said Price “is uniquely qualified to step into this leading role

Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., in 2015. AJC file

Senators delve into debate over Tom Price as leaders try to cut a deal

1:51 pm Feb. 9, 2017

WASHINGTON — Initial hours of Senate debate over the health and human services nomination of Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price fell along familiar partisan lines Thursday as leaders worked behind the scenes to cut an agreement on when to confirm several of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks.

Without a deal between the two parties, the chamber is expected to hold a final vote on Price’s nomination after 1:30 a.m. Friday. Republican leaders

Former Georgia Rep. Tom Price at Trump Tower on Wednesday. AP/Carolyn Kaster

Can Tom Price expect an Elizabeth Warren moment on the Senate floor?

7:50 pm Feb. 8, 2017

WASHINGTON – It all comes down to this for Tom Price.

The Senate voted Wednesday evening to allow up to 30 hours of floor debate on the Roswell Republican’s nomination to be secretary of health and human services.

When it’s all over, likely in the wee hours of Friday morning, we’re expecting Price will be put in charge of a federal agency with a roughly $1 trillion annual budget.

Senators just voted 51-48 along

President Donald Trump signs his first executive order as president, ordering federal agencies to ease the burden of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Kevin Dietsch - Pool/Getty Images)

Confusion for Georgians with Obamacare as Congress kicks off debate

3:00 pm Jan. 31, 2017

For Alex Dang, Republicans’ promise to gut the Affordable Care Act is terrifying. The affordable insurance plan he has enables Dang to control his diabetes, which otherwise could disable or kill him.

Betsey Weltner is more than happy to see Congress dismantle the health care law, which she says has forced her to buy expensive health insurance she doesn’t want or need.

These disparate, passionate opinions of two Georgians reflect an extraordinary

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention main campus in Atlanta. AJC file

Canceled by CDC, climate change conference moves to Carter Center

4:25 pm Jan. 26, 2017

We told you earlier this week about that climate change and health conference that was cancelled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential contest.

It’s back on, and former vice president Al Gore might have had something to do with it. And maybe Ted Turner, too.  From the Washington Post:

The meeting now planned for Feb. 16 will

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Today’s ‘Political Rewind’: Tom Price and Trumpcare

5:00 pm Jan. 25, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” started with U.S. Rep. Tom Price’s grilling over what will replace the Affordable Care Act.

If you missed it live, you can listen to it here:

Today’s line-up: Host Bill Nigut; Andy Miller, editor of Georgia Health News; Kevin Riley, the editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; and Billy Linville, a government affairs specialist with Democratic roots.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in 2015.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate takes first step toward repealing Obamacare

7:00 am Jan. 12, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Senate took the first step toward repealing Obamacare early on Thursday morning, passing a budget bill that would clear the way for legislation to gut the health care law in the weeks ahead.

It came after seven hours of back-to-back, party-line votes on an array of non-binding health care provisions, part of a byzantine ritual known as “vote-a-rama.”

Ultimately, the final vote was 51-48, just enough for the measure to squeak through the