January 20, 2017 at 1:19 pm ET
In Inaugural Speech, Trump Silent on Health Care
President Donald Trump did not mention health care in his inaugural address Friday, and the new administration’s website did not have any immediate details on its health policy.
Trump has said he would put forth his own health care plan once his nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), is confirmed and in office.
Overhauling the Affordable Care Act has been cited as the top priority for both congressional Republicans and Trump, making its absence from Friday’s speech noteworthy. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wore a lapel pin that read “#ProtectOurCare” at the inauguration, an ode to the Democratic Party’s efforts to defend former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
It’s still not clear when Price could be confirmed as HHS secretary. He’s scheduled to testify before the Senate Finance Committee, which will vote on his nomination, Tuesday.
Trump is expected to sign executive orders related to health care in the first days of his presidency.
Eli Yokley contributed.