The Department of Health and Human Services has faced a whirlwind of bad press in recent weeks after news surfaced that Secretary Tom Price has been spending lavishly on private jets using tax payer dollars. When news broke, the figures spread like a wildfire through the media and resulted in bipartisan outrage.
Secretary Price, who has long portrayed himself as a fiscal conservative, was caught in a situation that most believed to be completely indefensible.
The criticisms came with two points. Not only was the spending excessive, but it was also unnecessary. Various media reports showed available commercial flights that mirrored his private routes, which would have been significantly cheaper for department.
Instead of making the right decision, Secretary Price made a selfish decision that cost taxpayers and could also cost him his job.
According to reports, President Donald Trump was caught off guard by the revelations and is fuming over the negative press coverage. The Trump administration has been distracted from the beginning by various scandals, and often times, these episodes have proved to be a real obstacle for the President to maneuver.
Secretary Price was already on the President’s bad side because of the repeated failed attempts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Price had been instrumental during the process in devising a replacement to the failed Obamacare program. Some believe Price did not try hard enough to lobby former colleagues in Congress on Trump’s behalf.
Given the repeated failures and the fact President Donald Trump values success and loyalty more than anything else, it is difficult to understand a situation where Secretary Tom Price would be permitted to remain on board at the Department of Health and Human Services. The only question at this point seems to be: When will the President tell Secretary Price that he’s fired?