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Rep. Tom Price to face fierce opposition from Democrats during Senate confirmation hearing

President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for health and human services secretary, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), will face a gauntlet of unfriendly Democrats on Wednesday during his Senate confirmation hearing.

It will be the first of two hearings for Price, a six-term Republican who formerly served as the chair on the House Budget committee and once worked as an orthopedic surgeon. Price will face particular scrutiny from Democrats as he has long been an opponent of the Affordable Care Act and has proposed reworking the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Democrats could hit Price over his splits with Trump on privatizing Medicare, the cost of replacing ObamaCare, and Price's stock holdings related to health companies like Aetna and Zimmer Biomet Holdings, CNBC reports.