Statement by Brian Dixon, Sr. Vice President on the Confirmation of Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services

For Immediate Release: February 10, 2017
Brian Dixon: 202-332-2200 or

We are disgusted by the confirmation of Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. It seems that the most basic qualification for this position would be a commitment to promoting health for everyone and an understanding of the services that our vulnerable neighbors need.

Price, though, lacks both. Price’s record of denying access to comprehensive care—to women, to low-income families, and to those suffering from pre-existing conditions—is one to be ashamed of, not rewarded with a cabinet position. He even voted to allow bosses to fire women for using contraceptives.

Add to that a growing pile of evidence that he used his position in Congress to enrich himself at the expense of Americans, and it is incomprehensible that Senate Republicans voted unanimously for him. Like they did with Jeff Sessions, they put loyalty to party ahead of the needs of all their constituents. They have betrayed the words of the first Republican president who stood up for “a government of the people, by the people for the people.”