Tom Price


So apparently Donald Trump's former Health & Human Services Secretary (and lover of first-class airfare on the taxpayer's dime) Tom Price addressed the World Health Care Conference this morning, and offered this gem:

Price says that he's not a big fan of the GOP tax bill's 2019 individual mandate repeal-- says it will harm the pool in the exchange markets & drive up costs

— Ariel Cohen (@ArielCohen37) May 1, 2018

Really. Gee. you don't say.

Making my eyeballs roll even further back in my head, here's what Price said just nine months ago (shortly before he was given the boot from the HHS Dept.):

Tom Price before/after shot/chaser:

(h/t to Twitter follower @dcodea for the "Brewster's Millions" idea)

According to Tom Price's own Health & Human Services Department, the average unsubsidized premium paid by ACA exchange enrollees this year is around $476 per month, or $5,712 for the full year.

According to the latest investigative report by Politico healthcare reporters Rachana Pradhan and Dan Diamond, HHS Secretary Tom Price has racked up over a million dollars in taxpayer-funded air travel...since May.

The White House approved the use of military aircraft for multi-national trips by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to Africa and Europe this spring, and to Asia in the summer, at a cost of more than $500,000 to taxpayers.

The overseas trips bring the total cost to taxpayers of Price’s travels to more than $1 million since May, according to a POLITICO review.