The Price Is Wrong

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The surgeon Tom Price rose to power with a message that the federal government was incompetent, corrupt, and hypocritical.

In his case, the theory bore out. Price—who gained prominence in politics as a vocal opponent of government spending—resigned today from his position as Secretary of Health and Human Services after spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on private jets while touring the country to champion cuts to medical research funding, preventive-medicine programs, and insurance programs for children and elderly Americans.

The instances of jet-flight were not few, but numbered at least 26 since last May, Politico reported last week. Previous secretaries, while championing health equity, flew almost exclusively on commercial airlines.

When the news of the flights became public—and President Trump said