President Elect Donald Trump as chosen Andrew Bremberg to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Bremberg most recently served as policy director for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s presidential campaign. For almost eight years, he worked at the federal healthcare agency under the George W. Bush administration.
It’s currently unclear as to how Bremberg will transition and shape national healthcare policy, especially in regard to the fate of The Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare). Trump has been very outspoken about his desire to repeal this legislation.
In 2012, Bremberg worked for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, tasked with setting the wheels in motion to repeal the ACA.
Bremberg’s expected duties will include organizing the workflow, policy, and personnel for the HHS transition team.
Lawmakers are in disagreement as to how to move forward with any changes – or complete repeal – of Obamacare. Some want to repeal the law on the very first day of the Trump administration, while others fear a backlash as a result of suddenly denying healthcare benefits to millions of people who have benefitted under the plan.
Another conflict yet to be resolved: whether there should be a replacement plan at the same time as the repeal of the law.
In 2006, Bremberg received his law degree from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. He earned a B.A. in psychology and theology from The Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2001.
More details should emerge as we move closer toward President-elect Trump’s inauguration in January. We’ll keep you posted.