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Tom Price’s resignation and the end of Graham-Cassidy

Peter Wehrwein

Photograph of Tom Price by Mark Taylor

Former HHS Secretary Tom Price’s resignation

Kaiser Health News headline
Friday, Sept. 29

HHS Secretary Tom Price Resigns Amid Travel Scandal; Acting Assistant Secretary for Health Don Wright Named Replacement

Tom Price’s letter of resignation
Friday, Sept. 29

It is an honor and privilege to serve you as the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Under your leadership, the Department is working aggressively to improve the health and well-being of all Americans. This includes working to reform a broken health care system, empower patients, reduce regulatory burdens, ensure global health security, and tackle clinical priorities such as the opioids epidemic, serious mental illness and childhood obesity.

I have spent forty years both as a doctor and public servant putting people first. I regret that the recent events have created a distraction from these important objectives.

Success on these issues is more important than any one person. In order for you to move forward without further disruption, I am officially tendering my resignation as the Secretary of Health and Human Services effective 11:59 PM on Friday, September 29, 2017.

You may rest assured that I will continue to support your critical priorities going ahead because failure is not an option for the American people.

President Donald Trump to reporters on Tom Price
Friday, Sept. 29, earlier in the day

He’s a fine man, we’re going to make a decision tonight.

Rachana Pradhan and Dan Diamond, Politico
(the reporters who broke the Price story)
Thursday, Sept. 28

The White House approved the use of military aircraft for multi-national trips by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to Africa and Europe this spring, and to Asia in the summer, at a cost of more than $500,000 to taxpayers.

The overseas trips bring the total cost to taxpayers of Price’s travels to more than $1 million, according to Politico review.

Graham–Cassidy bill

Joint statement by Sens. Graham and Bill Cassidy, two days after their bill failed to come to a vote
Thursday, Sept. 28

Over the coming weeks and months, we are committed to holding congressional hearings and working with our [nation's] governors who believe returning power to states is a vast improvement over Obamacare.

Sen. Charles Schumer on Sens. Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander negotiating a deal to stabilize the ACA individual market
Thursday, Sept. 28

They both inform me that they're on the verge of an agreement, a bipartisan health care agreement to stabilize markets and lower premiums.

President Donald Trump on Fox & Friends
Thursday, Sept. 28

So we'll bring it into a few months from now. We'll vote it — it's block grants. It's going to be great health care.

Jimmy Kimmel
Wednesday, Sept. 27

I haven’t been this happy about something being dead since Bin Laden.