Trump Taps 'Obamacare' Critic Rep. Tom Price for Health Secretary

The Georgia congressman is an ally of Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

In a statement, Trump said Price "is exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace 'Obamacare' and bring affordable and accessible health care to every American."

Price said in a statement, "There is much work to be done to ensure we have a health care system that works for patients, families and doctors."

Price was first elected to Congress in 2004 after four terms in the Georgia state Senate. In Congress he served for several years in the House alongside Mike Pence, now the vice-president-elect. Price, like Pence, has served as the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a large and influential conservative House GOP caucus.

Democrats are already voicing opposition to Price, given his proposals and positions on health care.