Giphy

Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price goes to make his case before the Senate HELP Committee this morning, and Caitlin Owens will be there. Check out the livestream here at 10 am Eastern, and stay in our news stream for updates.

It's likely to be heavy on questions about his financial investments in health care companies, thanks to a series of news stories about them. The latest: Time reports that Price made big investments in six pharmaceutical companies just before fighting a Medicare payment reform rule that those companies opposed. (The transition team says a broker made those trades.)

But there's probably going to be plenty of questions from Democrats on his policies, too — especially from Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who are both on the committee. Sanders met with Price on Tuesday and concluded that Price would move health care in "exactly the wrong direction," Caitlin Owens reports. Warren sent him a 20-page letter full of questions about Obamacare repeal, Medicare and Medicaid, medical research, and opioids. And Patty Murray, the ranking Democrat, is planning to ask Price why he doesn't want to let Medicare negotiate drug prices and Trump does.

Why it matters: Guess Price isn't going to get their votes. That's not going to sink him, but any answers they get could shed valuable light on how he'd do his job — and that does matter. The bigger event is still the Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearing, now scheduled for Jan. 24. That's the panel that votes on his nomination.

Go deeper

Updated 5 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

  1. Politics: Trump calls Fauci a "disaster" on campaign call.
  2. Health: Coronavirus hospitalizations are on the rise — 8 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week.
  3. States: California to independently review FDA-approved coronavirus vaccines
  4. Wisconsin judge reimposes capacity limit on indoor venues.
  5. Media: Trump attacks CNN as "dumb b*stards" for continuing to cover pandemic.
  6. Business: Consumer confidence surveys show Americans are getting nervousHow China's economy bounced back from coronavirus.
  7. Sports: We've entered the era of limited fan attendance.
  8. Education: Why education technology can’t save remote learning.
Dion Rabouin, author of Markets
31 mins ago - Economy & Business

The 2020 holiday season may just kill Main Street

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Online shopping and e-commerce have been chipping away at brick-and-mortar retailers over the years and the combination of the coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 holiday season may prove to be a knockout blow.

State of play: Anxious consumers say financial concerns and health worries will push them to spend less money this year and to do more of their limited spending online.

California to independently review FDA-approved coronavirus vaccines

California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California will "independently review" all coronavirus vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration before allowing their distribution, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced at a news conference Monday.

Why it matters: The move that comes days after NAID director Anthony Fauci said he had "strong confidence" in FDA-approved vaccines could cast further public doubt that the federal government could release a vaccine based on political motives, rather than safety and efficacy.