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President-elect Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Representative Tom Price, a Georgia Republican, is his pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. The selection was widely interpreted as a signal of Trump’s intentions to deliver on his campaign promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But academics may be more likely to focus on Price’s past opposition to embryonic stem cell research and his skepticism about the scientific consensus around climate change.

Most of the discussion of Price’s selection noted his strident criticism of the Obama administration’s health care reform law and his plans to replace it with a Republican alternative as well as overhaul Medicare.

HHS’s primary significance for higher education relates to its direct oversight of the National Institutes of Health, the world’s largest provider of funding for biomedical research.

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