Thomas Edmunds Price

Secretary of Health and Human Services until 9/29/17

As a state senator for Georgia (1996-2005):

  • Sponsors a bill to institute a Confederate history month (MotherJones)
  • Calls for a flag celebrating the Confederacy to be flown above the state Capitol (MotherJones)

 

As a U.S. Representative for Georgia

  • 2007 Votes against prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation and against ending Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. (source)
  • 2008 Signs a pledge to promise to vote against global warming legislation that would raise taxes. (source)
  • 2008 Votes to modify the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to allow employers to require proficiency in English as a condition of employment. (source)
  • 2011:
    • Votes to prohibit funding of NPR. (source)
    • Votes to terminate the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program. (source)
    • Votes to cut the Federal Housing Authority’s refinancing program. (source)
    • Votes against withdrawing soldiers from Iraq. (source)
    • Votes to allow hospitals to decline emergency abortion care, which would allow doctors and hospitals to “exercise their conscience” and allowing the mother to die if an abortion is required. (source)(source)(source)(source)
  • 2012 Opposes gun control generally. (source)(source)(source)
  • Belongs to Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), an organization which: (source)(source)(source)
    • is critical of the connection between HIV and AIDS
    • suggests that President Obama may have hypnotized voters into voting for him
    • peddles discredited claims about vaccines and autism
    • declares in its statement of principles that it is "evil" and "immoral" for physicians to participate in Medicare and Medicaid
    • claims that tobacco taxes harm public health
    • that digital medical records are a form of "data control" like that of East German secret police
  • July 2015 Votes down an anti-Confederate flag measure which aimed to remove the flag from most parts of the U.S. House side of the Capitol and from House office buildings. (congress.gov)
  • 12/9/16 A group of physicians create a splinter group in protest of the American Medical Association's swift endorsement of Price as Secretary of HHS. (source)
  • 12/22/16 Is reported that he traded over $300,000 in shares of health-related companies over the past four years while serving as a U.S. Representative, during which time he pushed for legislation that would have affected those stocks. (source)
  • 12/26/16 5,700 doctors formally protest the American Medical Association's endorsement of Price as Secretary of HHS. (source)(source)
  • 1/31/17 Lies under oath at Senate confirmation hearing about buying biotech stock at a discounted price. Despite his statements to the contrary, Price purchased Innate Immunotheraputics stock through a privileged offer while serving as a Representative. (source)

 

As Secretary of Health and Human Services

  • 5/9/17 A reporter is arrested at the West Virginia State Capitol after repeatedly asking Price a question about the recent healthcare bill. (Hill)
  • 7/8/17 A non-partisan watchdog group files a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Price misused congressional campaign money to push for his cabinet position. (Hill)
  • 8/11/17 Abruptly cuts grant programs to 81 institutions which aimed at ending teen pregnancy. (Hill)
  • 9/21/17 A review of HHS documents shows that Price has taken at least 24 flights on private charter planes at taxpayer expense, even though by law he is supposed to take commercial flights whenever available, which they were. Costs exceed $300,000. (Politico)
  • 9/28/17 Will pay back about $50,000 of over $400,000 in flight expenses. (ThinkProgress)
  • 9/29/17 Fired by Trump after the much publicized scandal involving Price's inappropriate use of private jets for transport. (CNN)