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Saturday, September 30, 2017


Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned today, following the failure of Republicans' efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the revelations that he spent more than $1 million of taxpayers' money on luxury travel. 

The White House announced that Don Wright, currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, will become the acting HHS secretary.

What's next: Speculation about who would succeed Price permanently has focused on Seema Verma, who oversees Medicare, Medicaid, and parts of the ACA. She's a close ally of Vice President Pence. Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb are also seen as potential candidates.

The full White House statement:

Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price offered his resignation earlier today and the President accepted. The President intends to designate Don J. Wright of Virginia to serve as Acting Secretary, effective at 11:59 p.m. on September 29, 2017. Mr. Wright currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

From Price's resignation letter:

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. Success on these issues is more important than any one person. In order for you to move forward without further disruption, I am officially tendering my resignation as the Secretary of Health and Human Services effective 11:59 PM on Friday, September 29, 2017.

How it happened:

Price's stock with President Trump fell significantly after Republicans' repeal-and-replace legislation died in the Senate.
    • Price, a former six-term congressman, got the HHS job in part because of his ties to Capitol Hill, where Trump had hoped he would be the administration's point man on an ACA overhaul.

Price's travel on private jets, at taxpayers' expense, only made his job more tenuous. Politico identified 26 times Price chartered private flights for official business, for a total cost of more than $400,000. Those flight often covered short routes for which commercial flights were readily available, and Price sometimes tacked personal business onto his official travel.

Price's offer to pay back a small portion of those flights — "my seat," as he put it — didn't help extinguish the controversy, and was followed by revelations that he also used military jets for travel to Europe, bringing his total airfare tab to more than $1 million.

Trump is notoriously unhappy with bad press, and Price got a lot of it. He even opened the floodgates to a broader investigation into Trump Cabinet appointees' use of private airfare and another eyebrow-raising spending.

Lasting legacy: Price might not have gotten ACA repeal over the finish line, but even in his short tenure, he was able to undermine the law significantly. Under his leadership, HHS waged a PR campaign against the ACA; slashed funding to help promote enrollment; and directed regional department officials not to assist state-based enrollment efforts.

There's a good chance those efforts will successfully tamp down enrollment, and lower enrollment — especially among the healthier people who are less likely to investigate health insurance on their own — can legitimately weaken the ACA.

Source: AXIOS- By Sam Baker


If you want to know how greedy some people are, just give them an inch, tomorrow they will strive to take a yard. After that, they will crawl, manipulate their way through to steal a mile. That’s Tom Price’ experience.

Why did Price offer to pay back a small portion of those flights — "my seat," as he put it? Because he has been caught and exposed. He would have continued living his luxurious exorbitant lifestyle on taxpayers' money without ceasing.

There is corruption everywhere because "The world has enough for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed," said Mahatma Gandhi.

The corruption in the health industry is broader than what people know. The Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, the United Nations etc, are similarly corrupt to the extent that they can never rebuild their reputation in thousand years.

These health organizations because of money planned together to create diseases, including Aids and Ebola and inflicted on mankind. Even though they have been exposed like Tom Price, the fact that it's a crime American leaders, rich people, and some Western European countries are responsible, it's now an abomination to talk about HIV-Aids and Ebola.

Despite how HIV-Aids has decimated the world, Americans and Europeans keep enjoying their big Hamburgers without asking their leaders any question. Yet when terrorism strikes because some 'mad' people feel bitter over the way the US and Western Europe have destroyed the world with man-made diseases, the police hunt for them as terrorists.

Even the writers of this blog are enemies because they have exposed the European and American governments for their evil deeds. How many times my co-writer, Johan Van Dongen's Facebook page has been blocked to prevent him communicating with his numerous friends?

How can you respect the preacher in the pulpit when you know he is lying? This is the question we will leave to European and American leaders to find an answer. Let them continue to play their mini-mouse politics, we will sit far with our eyes wide opened to watch them.

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