The U.S. Senate opened debate on confirming Republican congressman Tom Price as secretary of Health and Human Services, with the Democrats focusing their opposition Wednesday evening on the nominee's plan to overhaul Obamacare as well as on the ethics of his past stock trading.

Price is an orthopedic surgeon from Georgia who was first elected to the U.S. House in 2004. As President Donald Trump's HHS secretary, he'd be charged with coordinating Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

Price proposed a replacement plan in 2015 that featured tax credits to help people buy insurance on the private market, the use of health savings accounts, and giving states federal funds to create high-risk pools to cover the very sick and those with pre-existing conditions.

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