President-elect Donald Trump has selected Representative Tom Price (R-Ga.) to be the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, the New York Times reports. HHS oversees the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health, among other agencies. 

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