TOM PRICE – SECRETARY OF HUMAN HEALTH AND SERVICES RESIGNS
The US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, resigned on Friday, due to reports that stated that, he has taken more than two dozen private expensive airplane trips, instead of the customary inexpensive commercial flights.
President Trump`s White House said, the President plans on appointing top Health and Human Services executive Don Wright, as acting secretary of HHS, right away. Don Wright is the current assistant secretary of Health and Human Services. He is also the director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
The White House said;
“Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price offered his resignation earlier today and the President accepted”
Mr. Price has been a consistently strong critic of Federal wasteful spending. He was the most popular critic of Obamacare when he served the American people as a house member from Georgia. Right after a political investigation was conducted, it was revealed that, Price had taken in excess of – 26 charter plane flights, since May 2017.
This revelation came after the former HHS secretary declared that he would pay back a fraction of the cost of his excessive usage of the American tax payers` money and never use charter airplanes in the future (Provided, he continued to serve as secretary of HHS). He proposed to pay only $52,000 of the more than $1 million he owed the American taxpayers.
He was clearly absent at senate meetings that were set in motion to revoke the Health Care Bill. Mr. Price`s department has eviscerated advertising budgets that were put in place to promote enrollment in Obamacare. He focused his efforts on criticizing Obamacare at every opportunity and refused to collaborate with state level groups, in an effort to accelerate the promotion of insurance sign ups. He was well known for his unchanging desire to discipline those who were guilty of government overspending.
The 62 year old Price, started his reign of excess by asking President Trump to grant him permission to open the HHS Executive dining room which had been closed since George W. Bush`s presidency. He had also started off his frivolous spending of the American taxpayers` money, by taking military jets abroad, that cost more than $500,000.
Politico Magazine announced that, in June, Price`s trip from Washington to Nashville, Tennessee, cost the American people – $17,760.00. In September, he took flights that cost $60,000, while less expensive commercial flights were available to him.
Tom Price, in his letter of resignation to President Trump said he was resigning, in an attempt to allow the Trump administration to move forward without further disruption.
He also said;
“I have spent forty years both as a doctor and public servant putting people first. I regret that the recent events have created a distraction from these important objectives,”
Soon after this announcement, House Speaker Paul Ryan said;
“Price is a good man who has spent his entire adult life fighting for others, first as a physician and then as a legislator and public servant. He was a leader in the House and a superb health secretary. His vision and hard work were vital to the House’s success passing our health care legislation. I will always be grateful for Tom’s service to this country and, above all, his continued friendship”.
FORMER HHS SECRETARY, TOM PRICE, WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP
The resignation of Tom Price, further spotlight`s the unethical standards of President Trump`s top officials and that of his administration. It also continues to place attention on the unsuccessful string of Republican attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.