Elevators close on Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as he arrives at Trump Tower, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Tom Price Must Be Confirmed

CNN has a story on Congressman Tom Price and a questionable investment. The story certainly looks bad on its surface.

Rep. Tom Price last year purchased shares in a medical device manufacturer days before introducing legislation that would have directly benefited the company, raising new ethics concerns for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary.

Price bought between $1,001 to $15,000 worth of shares last March in Zimmer Biomet, according to House records reviewed by CNN.

Yes, dressed up that way it looks bad. But the reality is that for a man of Price’s worth, “$1,001 to $15,000 worth of shares” is not a big deal. Tom Price is going to be target number one for the Democrats because Tom Price is being nominated for Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Democrats want a scalp and they want Price’s scalp because he will be in charge of gutting Obamacare and they know he, a former doctor, knows how to do it.

So we’re going to get a drip, drip, drip of character assassinations and stories shaped just so to defeat his nomination.

I know Tom Price and I know Betty Price, his wife. They are extraordinarily decent and kind people. They are also honest and have vastly more integrity than any of the people attacking Tom Price. His character is exemplary and the Senate should confirm him.

These stories are intentionally being shaped to make Tom Price look dubious when the reality is he is anything but.

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