Democrats unnecessarily blocking nomination of Seema Verma: White House

By: | Published: March 10, 2017 6:15 AM

"She's unquestionably and uniquely qualified for her position. And especially now that health reform is at the top of the president's agenda, it's time to get her in place. This delay by Senate Democrats at this critical time is unacceptable," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.

The White House today slammed the opposition Democratic party for unnecessarily delaying Indian-American Seema Verma’s nomination for a top health position in the Trump administration. (Reuters)

The White House today slammed the opposition Democratic party for unnecessarily delaying Indian-American Seema Verma’s nomination for a top health position in the Trump administration. “She’s unquestionably and uniquely qualified for her position. And especially now that health reform is at the top of the president’s agenda, it’s time to get her in place. This delay by Senate Democrats at this critical time is unacceptable,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters. The White House, he said, had hoped that Verma would be confirmed as the administrator this week at the Administrator of health centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Unfortunately, Senate Democrats continue to unnecessarily delay her confirmation. At this critical time, while we’re talking about healthcare, it’s ironic that they refuse to consider someone with such amazing expertise in this area,” Spicer said. “Seema Verma has worked for over 20 years in healthcare policy. She has redesigned Medicaid programs in several states, including Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, and Kentucky. She’s worked with governor’s offices, state Medicaid agencies, state health departments, state departments of insurance, as well as private companies and foundation,” he said.

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The strong White House statement came as the Senate voted 55-44 on her nomination which needed only majority vote to overcome the initial procedural hurdles. The final vote could be held either Friday or Monday. If confirmed she would be second Indian-American in the Trump Administration. The first being Nikki Haley, who is now the US Ambassador to the United Nations. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Verma is a superb choice for this position. “Seema Verma has a deep health policy background, a reformer with a proven record of success,” he said.

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