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HHS Secretary Tom Price Resigns from His Position

HHS Secretary Tom Price has bowed to public pressure over a travel scandal and resigned his position.

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By Jennifer Bresnick

- HHS Secretary Dr. Tom Price has resigned as head of the nation’s healthcare agency after a quickly-erupting travel expenses scandal dominated the news this week.

Price, who has strongly advocated for all of the Republican Party’s Affordable Care Act repeal-and-replace efforts, offered to pay back a portion of the taxpayer money he spent on chartered flights to a variety of business and personal locations. 

But with an estimated $400,000 in questionable expenses attributed to his international traveling habits, the public pressure to resign was intense.   

He will be temporarily replaced by Don J. Wright, who currently serves as Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, according to a White House statement.

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