Private Plane Trips Derail Tom Price’s Attempt to Take Health Care from Millions of Americans

Sept. 29, 2017

Private Plane Trips Derail Tom Price’s Attempt to Take Health Care from Millions of Americans

Statement of Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen

Note: U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price resigned today.

Tom Price spent $1 million in taxpayer money on private jets and military planes because he was completely out of touch with regular Americans. The waste of taxpayer money is important, but far more consequential is the policy agenda that the health secretary pushed, seeking to deny health care coverage to tens of millions of Americans. The other jet-setting Cabinet officials suffer from exactly the same problems: They have no self-awareness of their profligacy because they are out of touch with regular folks. They view their constituents as the corporate class, to whom jet-setting is the norm, and it’s the corporate class that they are aiming to serve.

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