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Who is Tom Price, the Luxury Traveler on the Taxpayers’ Dime?

Another one of Trump’s cabinet members hits the dust, against delaying the re-editing and publishing of the upcoming book, TRUMP’S CABINET. Here is the most recent deleted chapter, Tom Price:

The United States Secretary of Health and Human Services was formed in the 1950s under its previous entity, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. In 1979, the Department of Education was given its own agency.

The department is concerned with the civilians’ condition regarding their health and income security. Since September 11, 2001, the department also has a strange role in preventing “terrorism,” mostly being concerned with food attacks from “militants.”

The latest addition to help protect our health, food, social security and income stability is President Donald Trump’s confirmed nomination of Tom Price of Lansing, Michigan.

Tom Price received both undergrad and medical degrees from the University of Michigan, and did his residency at Emory University in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.

There in Atlanta, he ran an orthopedic clinic for twenty years and returned to the university to become a professor.

Price was a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), a right-wing organization formed in 1943 to fight tax-funded (socialized) medicine. The same group opposes child vaccination to prevent diseases and government-medical help for seniors and retirees (Medicare).

In 1996, Tom Price headed into the political arena, running as the Republican nominee for Georgia state Senate. He won with over 70% of the vote, and two years later in re-election with ¾ of the vote.

While a senator, he also served on several committees:

  • Appropriations

  • Economic Development and Tourism

  • Education

  • Ethics

  • Health and Human Services

  • Insurance and Labor

  • Reapportionment and Redistricting

  • Rules

From 2004 to 2016, Tom Price ran and won several congressional runs, sometimes winning unopposed. For example, in 2010, he won with 99.9% of the vote.

Before we look at the non-health related regulations that Tom Price was for an against, let’s look at what can be directly related to the job he was just confirmed for.

As quickly as 2009, Price introduced the first anti-Obamacare (anti-Affordable Care Act) bill, though the act wasn’t enacted until years later. Ever since then, he has been against the Affordable Care Act, and even tried to introduce more inferior alternatives.

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was signed into law the same year, to help classify cigarettes and cigars as a drug, thus giving the Food and Drug Administration the ability to test and regulate it.

Price voted against this. Why? The author assumes profit and kickbacks.

Price opposes abortion, supporting the act that would keep the ACA from helping parents get rid of unwanted or unhealthy fetuses. It would have also allowed hospitals to decline assistance to abortive surgeries.

Fortunately the bill excluded rape victims, though he is against the heath care provider, Planned Parenthood. He is also against birth control. NARAL gave Price a 0% rating.

Price also says that no woman can’t obtain birth control if they want it, but a study on Planned Parenthood’s website gives a different verdict.

Regarding farming, Price was against the EPA putting too many regulations on ranching and farming, but voted for assistance for farmers that suffer disaster.

In 2008, Price voted to downsize all spending that didn’t directly have to do with military or security, which also included defunding NPR (National Public Radio) and the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program.

With foreign policy, not much is known about Price’s stance except that he is for the PATRIOT Act (the searches and collecting of information on individuals not directly connected to “terrorism”), and he voted against American soldiers to cease their occupation of Iraq.

Tom Price, a Presbyterian, is for the idea that marriage is only between a woman and a man, and is known to vote against laws that give equal rights to also gay and lesbian couples. He also voted against the “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal, and is given a 0% approval rating by HRC (the Human Rights Campaign).

Tom Price is against regulation and control of guns in the wrong hands of individuals, hiding under the banner of the Second Amendment. The NRA gave him a rating of “A” and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence gave him a 0% approval rating.

On the side of the populist population, Price did introduce H.R. 3941, a bill to reduce oil use.

However, he was against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in that he didn’t like that employers couldn’t discriminate against those who knew only decent English.

Also, he voted for expanding drilling for oil, and using the money made to fund more oil-drilling research.

Most recently (at the time of this writing), Tom Price endorsed Trumpcare (a.k.a. Ryancare, or the “American” Health Care Act) and called bullshit when budget offices said that 24 million residents would lose health insurance. “Unbelievable,” he cried out.

2015 brought a lot of headache to Tom Price. A lot of scrutiny surrounded his biological technology “business” investments, mostly with Innate Immunotherapeutics. The company has no drugs approved by the FDA but Price had a 3-4 times return on his investment with the Chris Collins mostly-share-owned business. The one drug that was getting critical reviews, he tried to shush the results.

Three days later, Price bought shares from a medical device corporation but found out that their bottom line can be damaged by regulations.

Price introduced a new law—the HIP Act—that would offset the financial issues with his Zimmer Biomet investment, and they donated generously to him. Federal investigations had actually been opened up, though President Trump denies knowing anything about it.

At the time of this publication, it was estimated that Price and his wife, Betty, were worth about $13.6 million.

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