Big Republican Government

HHS Secretary Tom Price Has Been Taking Private Jets Everywhere

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has reportedly been using private charter jets for official business including five private flights last week alone.

From Politico:

The secretary’s five flights, which were scheduled between Sept. 13 and Sept. 15, took him to a resort in Maine where he participated in a Q&A discussion with a health care industry CEO, and to community health centers in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, according to internal HHS documents. [...]

HHS spokespeople declined to confirm details of the flights or respond to questions about who paid for them, with a spokesperson saying only that Price sometimes charters planes when commercial flights aren’t feasible. All three organizations that hosted Price last week — the Massachusetts-based health IT firm athenahealth, Goodwin Community Health Center in New Hampshire and the Mirmont Treatment Center in Pennsylvania — told POLITICO they did not pay for his flights or other travel costs.

The cost of Price's private flights, or at least one of them according to Politico, was $25,000. That might be a familiar number because that was also the estimated cost of the honeymoon flight requested by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

As you know, Price is one of those "fiscally conservative" types who clearly doesn't practice what he preaches. Price even criticized the use of private jets way back in 2009, but a black man was president then.

Price had a very different outlook on government spending for private planes while serving as a congressman from Georgia. In a 2009 CNBC interview, he criticized House Democrats for trying to spend $550 million on eight passenger jets.

He said a scaled-back request of $220 million for four jets also went too far.

"I think we've made it halfway of where we ought to and that is cut it from eight to four jets," Price said at the time. "Now we need to cut it from four jets to zero jets. This is just another example of fiscal irresponsibility run amok in Congress right now."

Uh huh.

  • mnpollio

    In short, he is a typical conservative of the “do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do” variety. I have yet to meet a conservative that does not believe that everyone else is unworthy of anything and its an entitlement, but that numerous caveats and asterisks should be applied to themselves since they are so special and so damn important so that their every whim is catered to.

  • Georgie

    It’s all the short con, these people are disgusting and stupid.

  • Aynwrong

    Fiscal responsibility?!? Man, I don’t know…

  • Badgerite

    I would say I’m shocked but I’m not. They are actually proud of their hypocrisy and of getting away with it. It makes them feel superior.

    • Aynwrong

      Hypocrisy is their ideology.

    • Victor the Crab

      But if a Democrat actually had that idea cross their minds, HOO-BOY, there’d be hell to pay, courtesy of the two faced GOP and the Liberally Biased Mainstream Media™.

  • muselet

    … Price sometimes charters planes when commercial flights aren’t feasible.

    Of course. Commercial airlines famously don’t fly to Maine or New Hampshire on regular schedules, and heaven forfend that Tom Price should take the train to Philadelphia like a mere commoner.

    This is just another example of fiscal irresponsibility run amok in Congress right now.

    It’s only fiscal irresponsibility run amok if Tom Price doesn’t benefit.

    Seriously, is there anyone, anyone at all, in this administration who’s not either grifting or grabbing everything within reach with both hands?

    –alopecia

    • Draxiar

      The only ones I actually trust to at least try to do the right thing without a grift or grab are Kelly, McMaster, and Mattis.

      • And I wouldn’t trust those two very far tbh

        • AdrienneMArmstrong

          Google is paying 97$ per hour,with weekly payouts.You can also avail this.
          On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $11752 this last four weeks..with-out any doubt it’s the most-comfortable job I have ever done .. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
          !dw360d:
          ➽➽
          ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleCashVideoCareerPartTimeJobs/get/hourly ★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫:::::!dw360l..,…….

      • 1933john

        They get to keep their four stars with bennies.