Former Congressman Tom Price, a Democrat from Georgia and trained orthopedic surgeon, was approved this morning to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by a party-line vote of 52 to 47.

Price, who has long advocated for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will now take over an agency that spends $1 trillion a year administering various programs, including Medicare and the ACA.