Feb 10, 2017

Price's confirmation vote, in context

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Tom Price's party-line Senate confirmation vote as Health and Human Services secretary this morning was the weakest of any Health and Human Services secretary in decades. Here's how it compares to the confirmation votes of the last six HHS secretaries:

Why it matters: Any HHS secretary takes political fire because of all the hot-button programs under their control. Price was sure to face criticism for whatever he does in office, especially since he'll help lead the change to dismantle Obamacare. But it will be that much tougher for him now that he can't claim any bipartisan support.

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