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August 17 2019
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Tom Price trying to block Obamacare in 2013, flanked by Republican representative Mike Kelly, of Pennsylvania, left, and Representative Mark Meadows, right.

As secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price was a pioneer: he distinguished himself as the first Trump Cabinet member to be forced out by scandal, and he managed to serve the shortest tenure in his department’s history (232 days).

Price and his Magellan-like exploits around the globe were the stuff of Swamp legend—his penchant for chartered jets and military aircraft cost taxpayers some $1.2 million. The nation’s top health czar did not let a terrifying opioid epidemic get him down. He kept busy blogging about his adventures in Switzerland and Liberia with links to uploaded pictures of himself on a Flickr account, like a bratty study-abroad student circa 2009. Price walked so that Scott Pruitt, Ryan Zinke, Steven Mnuchin—and basically everybody else—could run.

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