Tom Price: scandal-in-waiting?

Posted by | February 10, 2017 13:00 | Filed under: Top Stories

It sure looks that way. Allow Crooks and Liars‘ Karoli Kuns to summarize:

In the dead of night, Republicans confirmed Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. It’s appropriate that they confirmed Price under the cover of darkness, when most news organizations were asleep or on repeat loops for the night, because this confirmation is one of the most truly shameful of any of them.

Tom Price wants to gut Medicare, Medicaid, and the ACA. He doesn’t believe that health care is a right. Instead, he believes health care is a profit center for greedy people.

Nevertheless, Rep. Tom Price, inside trader and profiteer on various private health care stock offerings, is our new Secretary of Health and Human Services, because Republicans do not care about ethics, but they are aching to gut Medicare, Medicaid and the ACA.

The New York Times adds some details:

Mr. Price has denied wrongdoing and said at a confirmation hearing, “Everything that I did was ethical, aboveboard, legal and transparent.”

But he recently amended his financial disclosure statement to report a higher value for his investment in a small Australian biotechnology company, and Senator Patty Murray of Washington, the senior Democrat on the Senate health committee, said his financial dealings raised serious questions about potential insider trading that ought to be investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

“While Congressman Price served on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, he traded in health care stocks, pushed policies that helped his portfolio and got special access to a promising stock deal,” said Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, the senior Democrat on the Finance Committee.

Some of the Democrats’ animus against Mr. Price stems from experience. Working with him over the last 12 years, they say, they have found him to be an effective advocate for conservative policies that they abhor.

“Buying and selling health care stocks as a member of Congress while you’re voting and helping those companies, that’s bad enough,” said Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio. “But what he wants to do to maybe the greatest program in American history, Medicare, is much, much worse.”

So, yes: Price is likely yet another scandal-in-waiting tied to the administration of Donald Trump.

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5 responses to Tom Price: scandal-in-waiting?

  1. Mike N. February 10th, 2017 at 13:28

    Trump banked on the fact that the toothless red necks who would vote for him would be too stupid to realize they would getting totally screwed.

  2. Larry Schmitt February 10th, 2017 at 14:10

    Seems to me, on any future stories that begin with “……. scandal-in-waiting”, you could plug in just about any name from the Administration of Deplorables. They’re more or less interchangeable.

    • Suzanne McFly February 10th, 2017 at 14:49

      Who knew this is the way this would of played out? Oh wait, we did. That is why we have rightly followed along with Hillary and called them deplorables.

  3. Mike February 10th, 2017 at 18:55

    Why ol TP Tom more than any of the others…??
    The entire cabinet is proof we have moved on to a kleptocracy … the head KlepKlown Himself is the worst offender.

  4. amersham1046 February 11th, 2017 at 20:53

    Sorry Tom, your scandal is down the list , please take a number and you will be called

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