**UPDATE* Tom Price Resigns – President Trump Announces Decision on Firing HHS Secretary Tom Price Will Come Tonight…

Well, that didn’t take long. LOLOL.

HHS Secretary Tom Price resigns. President Trump accepts his resignation:

Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price offered his resignation earlier today and the President accepted. The President intends to designate Don J. Wright of Virginia to serve as Acting Secretary, effective at 11:59 p.m. on September 29, 2017. Mr. Wright currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (link)

EARLIERPrice is toast.  We all know President Trump is loyal, but this one is business.  HHS Secretary Tom Price was already on tenuous ground because he was supposed to be the central figure behind the ObamaCare repeal and replacement effort.

Prior to the inauguration House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell specifically told President-Elect Trump that they would lead off the legislative agenda with a repeal and replacement bill for ObamaCare by Easter of 2017.  They recommended Tom Price for HHS Secretary as the architect of the replacement plan and President Trump went along with their recommendation.  Unfortunately, their GOPe legislative approach was an abject mess of epic proportions.

HHS Secretary Price was given through last night as an opportunity to present his defense and project his approach toward taking responsibility for his indulgent use of air travel during media interviews.  Today President Trump delivers remarks on Price’s future:

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Price is toast. Most likely his resignation will be announced later this evening.

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534 Responses to **UPDATE* Tom Price Resigns – President Trump Announces Decision on Firing HHS Secretary Tom Price Will Come Tonight…

  1. SeekerOfTruth says:

    Does this mean that if Gary Cohn does not deliver a comprehensive MAGA tax cut plan, he will be fired also? Probably yes.

    Personally I was greatly disappointed in Tom Price. He could talk a lot about healthcare but he was not really for doing anything to deliver a good final product. He quickly fell into swamp control.with his real buddies.

    Liked by 23 people

    • psadie says:

      Trump is already interviewing someone else for Fed Chairman…Cohn shot his mouth off too much about racism.

      Liked by 16 people

    • Publius2016 says:

      Yes, Cohn better produce or he’s out…before his tax free service too!

      Liked by 2 people

      • mimbler says:

        Yes, he hasn’t impressed me in any form so far. If he were some brilliant person delivering for PDJT, then I would accept his liberal insults to PDJT.

        But I don’t see the good he is doing.

        And his “with your 1000 dollar tax savings, you can renovate your kitchen or buy a new car” makes him sound like an idiot or a saboteur.

        Liked by 8 people

    • mimbler says:

      In hindsight, I don’t think he ever left the swamp. 15 years in the house and recommended to PDJT by Ryan and McConnell. What could go wrong?

      Liked by 24 people

      • You can’t drain the swamp when they’re roaming around in your administration.

        Liked by 13 people

      • The Boss says:

        Plus he was a Jekyll Island attendee during the primaries. Bye Tom!

        Liked by 12 people

        • mimbler says:

          I didn’t know that. Very telling.

          Liked by 5 people

        • scott467 says:

          “Plus he was a Jekyll Island attendee during the primaries. Bye Tom!”

          ________________

          You mean the NeverTrump retreat at Sea Island, Georgia?

          Jekyll Island is where the unconstitutional ‘Federal Reserve’ (which is not ‘Federal’ at all, it is a private bank, with a name intended to deceive) was schemed up, in the early 20th century, isn’t it?

          Liked by 9 people

          • senda72 says:

            http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-08/gop-leaders-tech-execs-plot-against-trump-secret-neocon-island-meeting

            “The main topic at the closed-to-the-press confab? How to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump,” Huff Post writes. Here’s a list of attendees:

            Apple CEO Tim Cook,
            Google co-founder Larry Page,
            Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker,
            Tesla Motors and SpaceX honcho Elon Musk
            Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.),
            political guru Karl Rove,
            House Speaker Paul Ryan,
            GOP Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Ben Sasse (Neb.),
            Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (Mich.),
            Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas)
            Kevin McCarthy (Calif.),
            Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.),
            Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.),
            Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas)
            Diane Black (Tenn.)

            Liked by 12 people

            • scott467 says:

              That’s not everybody, there were also news media people in attendence, including whoever runs the Old Gray Harlot (NYT).

              Liked by 6 people

              • Janie M. says:

                HuffPo’s had the most inclusive listing of attendees. Found this article (still under HuffPo) and it appears to more closely reflect who from congress was in attendance:

                Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page, Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker, and Tesla Motors and SpaceX honcho Elon Musk all attended. So did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), political guru Karl Rove, House Speaker Paul Ryan, GOP Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Ben Sasse (Neb.), who recently made news by saying he “cannot support Donald Trump.”

                Along with Ryan, the House was represented by Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (Mich.), Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas) and almost-Speaker Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), sources said, along with leadership figure Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.), Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas) and Diane Black (Tenn.).

                http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/aei-world-forum-donald-trump_us_56ddbd38e4b0ffe6f8ea125d?tn50o1or

                Liked by 6 people

                • scott467 says:

                  I found it:

                  ……………………………
                  At Secretive Meeting, Tech CEOs And Top Republicans Commiserate, Plot To Stop Trump
                  Karl Rove shared focus group findings that give hope to the GOP establishment.
                  By Ryan Grim, Nick Baumann, and Matt Fuller
                  03/07/2016 07:22 pm ET Updated Mar 20, 2016

                  “Philip Anschutz, the billionaire GOP donor whose company owns a stake in Sea Island, was also there, along with Democratic Rep. John Delaney, who represents Maryland. Arthur Sulzberger, the publisher of The New York Times, was there, too, a Times spokeswoman confirmed. ”
                  …………………………..

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                • scott467 says:

                  I forgot to include the link for my reference in the post below:

                  At Secretive Meeting, Tech CEOs And Top Republicans Commiserate, Plot To Stop Trump
                  Karl Rove shared focus group findings that give hope to the GOP establishment.
                  By Ryan Grim, Nick Baumann, and Matt Fuller
                  03/07/2016 07:22 pm ET Updated Mar 20, 2016
                  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/aei-world-forum-donald-trump_us_56ddbd38e4b0ffe6f8ea125d

                  Liked by 2 people

            • Ditch Mitch says:

              Only Cotton suprised me. My guess on Price. PDJT was told by Lyin and Snitch they could work with Price to put out a good product. Remember when the Freedom Caucus blocked phase 1 of the three phase. Freedom Caucus took the blame big time, and then met with PDJT to tell him the plan was a fraud. Price was never really involved after that.

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    • Cohn was terrible at yesterday’s presser. Very sketchy explanations regarding the new tax proposal. Good example: Did he explain why they’re doubling the standard deduction, but eliminating the $4,100 personal exemption deduction?? One hand giveth, the other taketh away!

      Liked by 6 people

      • SeekerOfTruth says:

        When someone is bad at answering questions, that means
        1) They do not really know the subject very well
        2) Or they know the subject but just want to hide reality.

        Bottom line:
        ==> I am noticing a lot of double talk in public about this tax plan and continuing lack of specific details. That is not comforting.

        Not many details have been released about this plan and the basic structure was created a year ago. Is anybody working or are they scared to release the full details as that may disappoint us, disappoint Wall Street, and also kill the bill.

        IMO. They are really scared of disappointing Wall Street and the Trump supporters with full disclosure.
        — Duh….We need to pass this bill to see what is in it. That is how DC operates.

        Liked by 7 people

      • Bert Darrell says:

        Not quite, Marka3. if your adjusted gross income were greater that $12,000 (single) or $24,000 (married filing jointly) you would lose the personal exemption deduction. This would likely mean no tax reduction or a small tax increase for many people, as you suggest. If, in addition, other deductions are also eliminated a lot of middle class taxpayers will see their taxes increased to various extents. This is what happened with the Reagan “tax cut”. Mostly wealthy tax payers benefited from it; the rest ended up paying the same as before the “cut”, or a little more. But my hope is that PDJT will have an eye out not only for tax simplification but also reduced taxes for the middle class, as he promised.

        As I understand it, the details of the new proposal are coming from congress (my congressman eagerly e-mails me and others on his list daily promoting this swaperoo, and we know how good the swamp can be about pulling the wool in front of our eyes.

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    • Sanj says:

      POTUS has a very business like attitude towards staff – Produce or Perish.

      Simple

      Cohn is now under the gun, but he’s ex Goldman which means he has swam with the alligators and won, and for the sake of the country, I hope he produces.

      Liked by 4 people

      • scott467 says:

        “Cohn is now under the gun, but he’s ex Goldman which means he has swam with the alligators and won, and for the sake of the country, I hope he produces.”

        _____________

        I suspect that Cohn, like most, was the beneficiary of being in the right place at the right time, and once on that path, was able to do what most people can do, i.e., maintain and gradually improve.

        He is no longer in ‘the right place’ at ‘the right time’, he was plugged into something outside his comfortable and familiar environs, so now we’ll see just how good he really is (if he succeeds) or just how typically mediocre his really is, if he fails.

        With a mouth like Cohn’s and his obvious pagan earth-mother worship of political-correctness, I expect a massive fail by Cohn.

        Liked by 6 people

        • scott467 says:

          Being in the right place at the right time makes a world of difference.

          ……………………..
          “I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.” (King Solomon, a.k.a. the Preacher, Ecclesiastes 9:11, KJV, boldface emphasis mine)
          ………………………

          Liked by 5 people

        • I think Cohn is there to protect the “wealthy”swamp. Top tax rate goes down, alternative minimum tax eliminated, and the carried interest loophole is untouched. All of this does not help reduce taxes for the middle class!

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      • brh82 says:

        “Produce or perish” didn’t seem to happen with health care or anything else Trump has talked about. He is not the boss of anyone who counts and they do not fear him in the least. What would be their motivation to produce?

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    • kltk1 says:

      “Personally I was greatly disappointed in Tom Price. He could talk a lot about healthcare but he was not really for doing anything to deliver a good final product”

      This is what happens when you let the swamp rats recommend your cabinet picks. Price was a high recommendation from Ryan and McConnell. Go figure. As has been said many times before, DJT is in a tough spot, Dems hate him, and that’s expected but the establishment thugs in charge hate him too. In my view, DJT is winning by losing. Every time one of the establishment cronies fail, the trail somehow leads back to McConnell, Ryan or some other establishment figure exposing them for the phonies they are.

      On Gary Cohn, he should be let go on principal (principle?). Why is there? A Goldman Sachs Democrat, I really don’t see what he brings to the table?

      Liked by 10 people

    • pageoturner says:

      Price was my rep for many years. He talked a good Tea Party game but always voted with the Establishment. I gave him the benefit of the doubt until the reports of taking private jets to have lunch with his son. Typical establishment swamp behavior.

      Liked by 7 people

    • WSB says:

      Based on Price’s actions, I don’t think he ever got out, or even knew he was in!

      It is very self-evident that we probably cannot trust most government officials who have ever served in Congress.

      Liked by 5 people

    • free2313 says:

      Let It Be… Speaking words of Wisdom……….. Let It Be!!!

      Like

    • filia.aurea says:

      Price was swamp before he was appointed. We never saw a glimpse of the regulations that would be removed to enable health insurance plans to be bought and sold across state lines.

      Liked by 3 people

    • The Demon Slick says:

      I hadn’t realized that Price was recommended by the gope “leadership”. Now it all makes sense. It’s part of the shift, Trump tried hard to work with the establishment. They refused. They didn’t say that out in the open, but actions speak louder than words, and that’s what they did. Trump has been moving towards a more confrontational approach already, this fits right in. Sundances “The big ugly”. The travel expenses are convenient and remove any doubt, but the gope “leadership” has to see this as another stinging rebuke of them and their refusal to do The People’s work.

      Liked by 3 people

  2. Trish in Southern Illinois says:

    My mom asked me “what will Price do now?”
    I told her, ” i dunno, but he won’t be a lobbyist.”

    LOL. If ya work for president TRUMP…you cant lobby for 5yrs or lobby for foreign countries for life. LMAO!

    Liked by 29 people

  3. andyocoregon says:

    At least President Trump is actively doing something about abuses of taxpayer funds, unlike Obama.

    http://www.newsmax.com/TomFitton/CODELS-John-Boehner-Pentagon/2016/01/19/id/710020/

    Liked by 11 people

    • billinlv says:

      There are somewhere around 15 or 16 hot shot lawyers working for Saint Robert Mueller vacuuming tax dollars faster than Elon Musk. Incidentally, they are involved in a totally illegal and improper witch hunt created by the president’s own team. (Not even going to mention Clinton, Comey, Lynch, Clapper, Brennan, Rice, Powers, Obama, et al.) Now that Tom Price has role modeled the way to self destruct in style, maybe Sessions and Rosenstein will follow his lead. Perhaps some of the generals who thrived under Obama should be next. One way to drain the swamp is to eliminate the out of control bureaucracies that have arisen. An EO eliminating DHS might be an interesting place to start. Can you imagine the lawsuits taking flight over that?! And where in the world is Admiral Rogers?

      Liked by 5 people

  4. fleporeblog says:

    With the EO our President is going to sign next week, this was a fantastic decision! He failed with Repeal and Replace so he had to go! I wrote the following the other night below:

    Folks what our Lion 🦁 is going to do via EO next week is beyond brilliant! That EO is going to FINALLY liberate the Forgotten Men and Women from the nightmare known as Obamacare. 31 states took the Medicaid Expansion. That allowed able bodied Americans that earned slightly above the poverty line (138%) to benefit in massive subsidies paid by the Federal Government to have Healthcare. They are the only beneficiaries of the great Ponzi scheme known as Obamacare. The 19 states that refused and everyone in those 31 states that accepted the Medicaid Expansion that earns above the BS cutoff got screwed royally. They became the Cash Cow 🐮 needed to payoff the Ponzi scheme. No one gives a 💩 about them.

    However, our gift from our Heavenly Father is about to set them free! I hate Rand Paul but he gave a great explanation of what is about to occur.

    The Law Rand referenced from 1970 was setup for large corporations and businesses that had employees and localities in multiple states. Think of UPS as an example. UPS benefits from the law because they can negotiate with insurance companies throughout the US on behalf of their employees to get the best price possible to offer their employees healthcare as part of their compensation package. Insurance companies don’t mind lowering their premiums because of the sheer number of employees. They also don’t care about preexisting conditions for certain employees because the pool of healthy employees warps those that are not healthy and would need more care. This is a win win for UPS and the Healthcare companies that do business with them.

    That law covers about 34% of Americans. What our President is going to do through that EO is to allow groups of Americans to come together and have the same rights as UPS. A perfect example is the Farmers of America. That is nearly 1 million Americans and their families. Right now they are each an individual person in the eyes of Obamacare. After next week, they are freed from Obamacare and will be seen as one entity. They will setup a representative that will negotiate with insurance companies on their behalf. You will see other Forgotten Men and Women provided the same opportunity throughout our country.

    Here is the beauty in this EO. 95% of Americans will be liberated from Obamacare. Those that will group like I described above will have premiums that will be lower than when there wasn’t Obamacare. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!

    All that will be left is the 5% that benefit from Obamacare! Our President will flip the script on public opinion in massive numbers by his EO. Democrats and Republicans will be left with the Carcass that is Obamacare. No one in their right mind will fight it in Congress. However, it will be challenged because the Ponzi scheme will be destroyed. Our President is expecting that! He will have 75% of Americans screaming at the courts on his behalf. Democrats and Republicans will be so overwhelmed that they will agree to keeping Obamacare for the 5% and allowing our President’s EO to become actual law so that they both can take credit. It would not shock me that our President allows all 50 states to benefit from the Expansion in return for a cap in Medicaid funding to save it from going bankrupt!

    He 100% kept his promise that EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN HAS AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE!

    Liked by 12 people

    • bulwarker says:

      This will be great if it happens.

      Liked by 4 people

    • starfcker says:

      Really Fle? You believe rand paul? I don’t see Trump fixing this by EO. I don’t think he believes in that, and I don’t think this fixes the problem. The problem is the mandates and the taxes. You can’t fix them by EO. It’s too bad the insurance companies and the HMO’s haven’t done any racketeering, because I’m sure if they had, Pogo Sessions would be making their lives miserable.

      Liked by 4 people

      • starfcker says:

        And great job, Mr. President, whacking Price so quickly. It’s unthinkable to so thoroughly and visibly corrupt yourself in only six months.

        Liked by 2 people

      • TPW says:

        I have said this on numerous post…….the industry has conveniently divided the market into 2 groups the individual market is discriminated against …there are many more thousands of people in group market with preexisting conditions…….Scam the industry pulls on the public….yes they lost money in the individual market but are making billions in the group. This needs to end and should have never been allowed in the first place. There is no reasonable explanation for allowing them to divide the market everyone should get the same quoted price…..and further note that age does not count in the group market either.

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      • WSB says:

        And false groups create false floors.

        No, Government must be out of this, and individuals should all purchase healthcare outside of businesses. Business sponsored insurance just creates more cost and more employees to handle healthcare by companies who do not specialize in healthcare…think avout it. It’s STUPID!!!!!!!

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      • fleporeblog says:

        You have to turn the public’ opinion on Obamacare before you can make the changes needed. It has to start with those that are getting screwed by it! Those 11+ million are the cash cow 🐮 for Obamacare. We need to liberate them so that people see the other side. It starts with this EO.

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      • Joshua2415 says:

        The president can’t eliminate the mandates by EO as you say, but the ACA left the assignment of “penalties” for non-compliance up to HHS. The new HHS Secretary could set those penalties at $0. That would effectively suspend them, until a new president gets elected anyway.

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    • Covfefe-USA says:

      Freaking brilliant, Fle if that happens.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Dani TX says:

    Dear Mr President, Please don’t hire Senators, they get nothing done.

    Liked by 20 people

  6. Texian says:

    Put Sir Scaramucci in their for a few weeks to rattle their cages..

    Liked by 15 people

  7. Howie says:

    Note…MSM not ecstatic this RINO taken down….the tell.

    Liked by 19 people

  8. Good. If there was malpractice for negligent policymaking and crummy legislative strategy the good doctor would be in the dock. He was slow walking at the behest of Lyin Ryan and Mitch the Squish.

    Liked by 11 people

  9. Bobby Jindel (sp?) has a good background in heathcare…..

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  10. In my experience, most doctors are too flaky to serve in public office. Therefore, I say unto you,
    Take a close look at Dr. Kelli Ward, AZ!
    We had a candidate for some national office – House of Reps I believe, and she turned out to have a bunch of skeletons in her closet, PLUS her first “press conference” done by a friendly, was a total disaster – she had NO CLUE about what to do about Ocare.

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  11. Howie says:

    This may be the start, of the Big Ugly.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Publius2016 says:

      Don’t think so…President Trump is letting these fools expose themselves. The Tax Reform is all RINO and Nevertrumper…more rope for these liars. President Trump hits back 10 times harder; Price was fired for failing to deliver like Reince, Spicer, Bannon, and Gorka.

      Liked by 4 people

  12. missmarple2 says:

    I think President Trump should nominate Betsy McCoughey. I don’t know of anyone who knows more about Obamacare and health insurance in general than her. The hearings would be great, too!

    Liked by 8 people

  13. President Trump has generated a spreadsheet of all his appointees with a column that indicates if they were recommended by Lyin Ryan and/or Mitch the Squish. He is eliminating them one by one.

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  14. Publius2016 says:

    CARSON. No new Senate hearings and no delays. Also, having someone who represents medical care instead of medical insurance is important. Finally, this muh racism will be even more debunked and shown as FAKE NEWS. The Extreme Media will have to put Dr. Carson on the Sunday shows too.

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  15. nor'easter says:

    Food for thought:
    Pres. Trump has made appointments based on the recommendations of some card-carrying uniparty members. Perhaps some work out, and perhaps some won’t. In any event, there will be transparency for all to see, not just for the appointee, but as a reflection on those who made the recommendations: those who are firmly behind his/our MAGA agenda , as well as those who obstruct his agenda, and everyone in between who will attempt to implement “Obama-Lite” reforms and a half measures.
    Congress has failed to act on Obama-care (amongst other things), and if Pres. Trump chooses to make a new appointment who is delayed by Senate hearings and confirmation, Obama-care will self-destruct.
    Perhaps this is for the better.
    Perhaps this is a true “transition team”: perform, resign, or get fired.

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    • scott467 says:

      “Pres. Trump has made appointments based on the recommendations of some card-carrying uniparty members. Perhaps some work out, and perhaps some won’t. ”

      _____________

      Not a single recommendation of UniParty wolves made by UniParty wolves to guard the hen-house will work out, by design and by definition.

      It’s like having child-molesters recommend their friends to positions in a children’s daycare facility.

      That doesn’t ‘work out’, 100 times out of 100, and everybody knows it.

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      • nor'easter says:

        Point well taken.

        Liked by 2 people

        • scott467 says:

          After re-reading my post, I didn’t mean to come across as disagreeing with you!

          Just trying to illuminate the nature and character of the enemy.

          The UniParty is, by definition, evil. Its interests are opposed to the People who elected them and the People whom they claim to represent, and the UniParty’s interest is counter to the Constitution which established the offices and positions they occupy.

          No good can come of the UniParty.

          …………………………
          “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? [17] Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. [18] A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. [19] Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. [20] Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matthew 7:16-20, KJV, boldface emphasis mine)
          …………………………

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          • nor'easter says:

            “No good can come of the UniParty.”

            scott467:

            The “exception to the rule” may be in the presidents authority to make interim appointments (I.e. “acting” secretary; etc.) to “temporarily” fill a position.

            Remember Aesops fable about the eagle and the arrow.

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      • SharonKinDC says:

        The Budget guy, Mulvaney, is excellent.

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  16. hoosiergranny says:

    I would like to see some one appointed who can work on repeal and Reform not replace. I don’t want a replacement. I want open market driven healthcare with reform of all the thousands of idiot regulations that have been put in place in the past 40 years. Most of them have just driven up the price of care while making big pharma and other parts of the industry unbelievably rich. We need free market, outcomes driven care without the government interference.

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  17. Howie says:

    Turtles Boy Price. What a Boondoggle for the GOP. Turtle shakin’ the Rove Money Tree.

    Liked by 4 people

  18. iamanamerican says:

    The best way to drain the swamp. POTUS should hire Mitch, Snake Ryan, and all the globalist from both the parties, provide them some secretary post (if not just create few), assign them responsibilities, give them some tasks and fixed the time line. Anyway,none of these guys can do anything even in their entire life time and hence fire them after 3 months. Meanwhile, their Senate/Congree tenure is anyways terminated and they all go back and become lobbyists for Timbuktu or some some Kangaroo country.

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  19. Fake Nametag says:

    Rand Paul for HHS. Then we can get his no vote out of the Senate.

    Liked by 7 people

  20. Maquis says:

    Draft Thomas Sowell.

    Or clone him and draft that guy.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. scott467 says:

    “They [Ryan & McConnell] recommended Tom Price for HHS Secretary as the architect of the replacement plan and President Trump went along with their recommendation. Unfortunately, their GOPe legislative approach was an abject mess of epic proportions.”

    _____________

    Yeah, it was an abject mess and failure by INTENT and by DESIGN.

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    • WSB says:

      And did PT go along with them, knowing it would be a great big beautiful disaster in the making? I am beginning to agree with Howie…this is part of the Big Ugly.

      President Trump is always ten steps agead, no?

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  22. ginaswo says:

    Perhaps the new appointee can mark the Sept 30 end of reconciliation repeal day tomorrow by repealing Congress & staffers exemptions from the nightmare that is Ozerocare.
    Price certainly wasn’t going to do it.

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  23. Grandma Covfefe says:

    Tom Price was at the Secret Sea Island meeting, too. So was Tom Cotton. Suspicious Cat I am.

    Liked by 8 people

  24. Perhaps it is time for a man of sterling character, brilliant intellect, vast medical knowledge, and unwavering loyalty to the President to take on HHS and Obamacare reform?

    That would be Dr. Ben Carson in my view.

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  25. thesavvinvester says:

    Sad about this Dr Price situation. His health care bill he authored when he was in house was incredible. His potential was amazing, however he didn’t produce, add to that his racking up flights has him out of their. Replacements? Seema Verma, who was under Dr Price and brought aboard at the same time. An out of the Box pick? Dr. David Janda. Google him, oh my I am not sure DC is ready for him!

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  26. NJF says:

    Right now on Dobbs, they are listing all the private charter flights people took in Obozzo’s admin during same period. Of course it outpaced Trump and no one cared.

    Lol they ended with “it helps to be rich, ” betsy DeVos has her own jet and uses it exclusively at her own expense to travel for the job”

    I was disappointed to hear about Prices’s actions earlier, but based on comments, it seems as if it just might be part of draining the swamp!

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  27. Trumppin says:

    Chief of Staff John Kelly must approve most travel on govt aircraft by admin officials, budget chief Mulvaney says in memo to dept heads.

    Liked by 4 people

  28. trialbytruth says:

    Help price was just flack and. Punter measures for the uniparty.

    Sayonara, au revoir, adios, good bye, auf weidersehen and GET OUT. Take his coat.

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  29. Trumppin says:

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  30. georgiafl says:

    Did you know that the new FBI Director Christopher Wray was just sworn in YESTERDAY???

    “FBI Director Chris Wray, accompanied by his wife Helen garrison Howell, is administered the ceremonial Oath of Office during an installation ceremony for him at the FBI Building, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Washington.”
    http://www.oann.com/chris-wray-sworn-in-as-new-fbi-director/

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  31. georgiafl says:

    Did Tom Price (like John McCain and Mitch McConnell) NEVER intend to repeal and/or replace Obamacare?

    Same with Paul Ryan?

    This seems to be the likely scenario.

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    • Maquis says:

      I agree with that. The folks worried about who’s gonna butter which side of their toast need to be much more concerned about being burned themselves.

      Losing an election or a position is not accountability.

      The Military doesn’t simply retire treacherous traitors in the midst of battle. Well, perhaps, but it’s an extremely short one, followed by a well-deserved and very long dirt nap. Buried with their backs turned to those they may as well have slain with their own hands.

      Our vision, and execution, if you’ll pardon the term, of the Founders’ thoughts and intentions in terms of political accountability is milquetoast at best.

      We are battling Traitors, Treason, Tyranny; our lukewarm accommodation of such is beyond foolish and unwise. It is an embarassment to call ourselves a self-governed people when such foul offenders against our Constitution and our Rights, not the Ten or Twelve we obsess over today, but of all of those that our Creator endowed us with the moment we entered this World; are free to profit from their vice and from the burdens they created for us to bear.

      The Founders viewed such Rights as being so Self-Evident that most considered the Bill of Rights as superfluous, unnecessary. Only an abbreviated list was therefore considered.

      The Bill itself was never intended to be an end-all and be-all. Devising Pneumbras of Shadows were not then necessary. Those powers not granted to the Government, by the People themselves, could not be instituted nor exercised.

      How far we have Fallen.

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    • Archie says:

      Rush is a dildo and doesn’t understand the UniParty. Geez.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Fake Obamacare Repeal™.

      Featuring Tom Price-is-Right of Sea Island™ fame.

      Where they plotted how to stop Trump.

      Kinda all makes sense now, doesn’t it?

      My favorite part is how they save Paul Ryan’s buttocks. He was obviously keeping the repeal from winning in the House, so they flipped the “losing point” to the Senate.

      Cunning, cunning, cunning.

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  32. Travis McGee says:

    I hope this experiment of appointing NeverTrumpers to try to “get along” is over. Trying to appease these people never works. Never. Quit hiring senators unless it’s for a meaningless position and serves a bigger agenda/strategy. Hard to Drain the Swamp when you hire the creatures and expect them to go against the “Big Club” The Big Club doesn’t want Trump to succeed and will vote to impeach him when Mueller is finished with his witch hunt and gives the creatures phony evidence.

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  33. Getting ready to sign off for tonight. Let me just add this. Price was my Rep in GA-6. In all the years he was a Rep, I never had any communication with him, directly. I called his office (both in DCA and ATL), wrote many letters, emails, voice mails, etc. etc.

    Are you interested in the answers I got?

    Pretty sure you’ve already guessed my answer. NOTHING! Yea, there was the occasional form letter we probably all get, but NEVER an answer to my question/concern. He was never in the office nor available to any of us for discussions. And forget the “town hall meetings.” They’re all a set up with his people filling the seats.

    Have any of you dealt with Dr’s in business? I have. To a man/woman, they believe that they’re absolutely the smartest, most entitled person in the room. Bar none. So factor that in when you think of ole Tom and Rand and all the rest of the Docs in congress.

    As pointed out above, he had to go. I’m pretty sure Trump was on to him long ago. A non performing employee. More will follow. By the end of the 1st year, Trump will have most, if not all, of HIS people in place.

    See you guys tomorrow (I’m still looking for a new job and am a little down at the moment!)

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  34. MaineCoon says:

    I remember when PT said at the National Scout Jamboree that if Price doesn’t deliver votes for the GOP’s health care bill, he may have to tell Price he’s “fired.”

    Yep. When I heard that I said to myself, he’s put Price on notice. I’m not surprised he’s fired nor do I think the reason why just happened to happen. RINO accident just waiting to happen.

    (Go to 1:00)

    http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2017/07/24/trump-health-bill-hhs-price-youre-fired-tsr.cnn

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  35. Apfelcobbler says:

    Trump understands the PR wipeout and what needs to be done like nobody’s business. He’s back-of-enveloping this, even as he speaks. I doubt he’s even aware of CNN’s/media’s pathetic take on this yet.

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  36. Looking forward to how President Trump uses the Acting Secretary who takes over at midnight.

    Let’s hope this guy plays Jack the Ripper with ObamaCare and the pending EO.

    • Lord knows that there’s massive leeway for the Secretary of HHS to end the fraud and abuse.
    \
    • Watch for the Trump EO next week to open opportunities you could drive a tank through!

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    • Howie says:

      There is way more than enough money in the system. It is the congress croneys and pay to play that have screwed it all up for the people. It is not that complicated a problem if approached in the right way. It can be done for much less and better care if we can get the crooks out of the way.

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  37. 4sure says:

    Good riddance. He should never have been appointed. Now, if only Sessions would follow suit.

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    • webgirlpdx says:

      Compared to what the other high profile Cabinet Member have done since all their staggered (blocked) appointments, Price didn’t do jack. Yes, good riddance. He bored me.

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      • Maquis says:

        Truly. He was the tip of the spear for the assault on the Despised Wall that had to fall so all else could succeed in full, allowing a clear field of view of all the obstacles to be tackled in Tax Reform and beyond.

        Boring indeed. He never so much as cast a shadow.

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        • WSB says:

          Price seems to have been the quiet part of the swamp who has just been exposed.

          Let’s see how how his “resignation” plays out against the remaining creatures and the movement on the kabuki healthcare repeal and “replacement”, or hopefully, the reform.

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  38. Proud American from Texas says:

    There were questions about Price and insider trading that came up in his confirmation hearing, as well. A certain level of arrogance and lack of or disdain of the optics involved is apparent.
    On another topic, didn’t Loretta Lynch’s husband ride with her on the private jet to meet Billy Boy on the tarmac?
    Did he pay for his plane ride? Just curious.

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  39. treehouseron says:

    The Dumbass democrats are dancing on the grave of a man we literally couldn’t care less if he gets fired or not.

    90% chance the reason President Trump fired him was because of the Obamacare repeal failure anyways….

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  40. bullnuke says:

    Price, no big loss. Been the head of HHS and has done nothing to fix Obamacare that I have heard of. The power vested in the Secretary to run the ACA is massive yet nothing changed. He is a swamp toad, using private flights was a convenient method to fire him. Put someone in there to use all the power the ACA grants to the head of HHS in order to make improvements. Price did squat to help repeal that crap sandwich. GOPe.

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    • Archie says:

      So true. The Secretary can re-write LARGE portions of ObamaCare. And what is the OMB Director doing? OMB controls the operating policies and procedures of the entire government. Where’s the shock and awe?

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  41. listingstarboard says:

    My spouse is a physician and I take offense to your characterization. There are many many ethical , hardworking, non materialistic doctors out there. You have NO IDEA what it is like being a medical doctor . Keep on bashing them, most of the competent AMerican born still subscribing to the “do no harm” oath are getting out–enjoy your substandard foreign born in it for the money doctor– and there are no bigger “know it alls” than on the comment section of blogs.

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  42. A2 says:

    Sec Price was given a lengthy period to prove he was up to the task and failed miserably all three times. As they say in the great game of baseball, three strikes, you’re out.

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  43. Archie says:

    I’ve said this several times on this blog.
    Trump is in real trouble. The UniParty will just ignore him if he can’t get his own Cabinet Secretaries to produce real reform. Over at Interior that guy has been lounging around doing nothing of import. The EPA guy wants a red team-blue team debate on climate change? WTF, over. Now HHS is in turmoil. Education seems to have made some progress but not enough. They are fiddling with the wall pilot projects, why? Sessions is a glaring disaster of epic proportions.
    Next year is an election year so nothing will happen. The third year could produce results but the forth year is another election year.
    Hopefully, Trump understands momentum and he don’t got any.
    Still, the majority of talking heads don’t understand modern politics and the voters are clueless. Trump will have to do all the work evidently.

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    • G. Combs says:

      I think you fell of your branch and hit your head.

      “…Hopefully, Trump understands momentum and he don’t got any….”

      JUST SOME OF POTUS TRUMP’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS FIRST 200 days (there are 3 pages and this is just 1/2 a page)

      *KILLED TPP

      *$350+ billion deal with Saudi Arabia ($110 billion in arms $250 billion in trade/investment) creating 100,000’s of jobs in both countries, historic.

      *Pulled out of PARIS ACCORD

      *Had a major victory on sugar exports from Mexico. Made Mexico drop the exports % and the amount of refined sugar. Will help our sugar industry and the US sugar mills that produce refined sugar from raw sugar.

      *Notified Congress of NAFTA renegotiation on May 18th. Talks can start 90 days later on Aug 16th, 2017

      *China Trade deal opening up beef and LNG gas as well as giving a way to get 1 billion Chinese credit scores so the USA can offer them credit. Trade deal was done in record time.

      *Slapped more than $2 billion in fines on China and Canada for illegal trade practices.

      *the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reached agreement with Chinese officials on final details of a protocol to allow the U.S. to begin the beef exports to China (6/12/17). The first beef has been imported to China (06/30/17 and Sec Perdue cut and ate a USDA prime rib in China)

      *REOPENING KORUS trade deal per Sarah Sanders press briefing on 06/30/17)

      *Unemployment rate 4.3% U3 and 8.4% U6

      *Proposed a $1 Trillion infrastructure project

      *Stock Market at Historic Highs (as of 6/11/17 Dow up 16% NASDAQ up 19.5% since election day)

      *US homes prices climb at fastest pace In 3 years per CNBC.

      *Jobless claims hit 28 year low in Apr

      *OPEC broken can no longer set prices due to USA energy production unleashed

      *Secured $50 billion investment from Japan

      *Secured $20 billion investment from Exxon in Gulf coast

      *Gasoline at $1.95/gallon in Central NC (lowest price at this time of year since 2005 for entire US 06/30/17)

      *Repealed 14 Obama regulations via CRA saving $ billions in costs to the economy

      *Atlanta Fed sees 3.6% growth in 2nd qrt

      *Federal debt is 130,455,438,424.64 billion LOWER since Dec 30th 2016 (as of 06/24/*per treasurydirect.gov

      *Federal surplus was $182 billion at end of Apr (unexpected)

      *Consumer and business confidence at record highs

      *North Dakota experiencing a boom since Dakota access pipeline finished (500,000 Barrels now flowing through pipeline per day)

      *Keystone pipeline construction ongoing

      *Mining, steel and oil/gas jobs booming

      *Mines reopening

      *600,000+ JOBS created since Jan1st (per BLS) 800,000+ per ADP

      *Directed Dep’t of Commerce to streamline Federal permitting processes for domestic manufacturing

      *Launched United States-Canada Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau

      *Cut 1.6 billion costs from Air Force one and F-35 airplanes.

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    • WSB says:

      You are really a stitch! Did you get your $10 yet?

      Liked by 1 person

    • Howie says:

      He knew it would be this way. He is doing what we elected him to do. Shake em’ up. He knows the Never Trump Corngress is never going to help him. i never expected them to anyways.

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  44. Arthur Jury says:

    The price was wrong.

    Liked by 4 people

  45. Howie says:

    I think Trump is setting up escape routes from Ocare that do not require the crooked GOP assistance. The GOP is a Never Trump Party. That is the bottom line.

    Liked by 2 people

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