Supposedly For Fiscal Discipline, Tom Price Prefers Private Jets To Coach

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price took five charted flights last week, all paid for by U.S. taxpayers according to Politico.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price took five charted flights last week, all paid for by U.S. taxpayers according to Politico .

In a sharp departure from his predecessors, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price last week took private jets on five separate flights for official business, at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars more than commercial travel. 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. Price, a frequent critic of federal spending who has been developing a plan for department wide cost savings, declined to comment.

“This wasteful conduct reflects disdain for the ethical principle of treating public service as a public trust,” said Shaub, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama. “Public office isn’t supposed to come with frivolous perks at taxpayer expense.”

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