Seema Verma confirmed for top health post in Trump administration

The US Senate confirmed Indian-American Seema Verma for a top healthcare position in the Trump administration. She is expected to play a key role in the government’s bid to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.

Verma, who has been described by the White House as the “unquestionably qualified” first generation Indian-American, was confirmed by a vote of 55-43.

She is likely to play a key role in the healthcare reform of US President Donald Trump, who has made it a priority to repeal and replace the affordable healthcare of his predecessor Barack Obama.

The second Indian-American in the Trump Administration to be confirmed by the Senate, Verma will head the US $1 trillion Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services that provides health services to 130 million people.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley was the first Indian-American Cabinet rank official to serve in any presidential administration.

A health policy consultant, Verma is known as the architect of healthcare reforms in several states, including Indiana.