His resignation comes amid scandal involving use of private planes.
An announcement from the White House revealed that Price handed in his resignation on Friday and President Donald Trump accepted it.
Price is leaving amid an investigation into his use of private jets for business trips. Politico has estimated that Price has spent more than $1 million in taxpayer money on travel since May.
On Wednesday, Trump told reporters on the White House lawn that he was upset by the revelations. “I will look into it. And I will tell you, personally, I’m not happy about it. I am not happy,” Trump said.
The turn of events spurred Price to offer to pay for the chartered flights with his own money. “The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes,” he said in as statement Thursday. But as CNN reports, it became clear he only meant to pay for his seat, not for the total cost of chartering the planes.
Price, a six-term Republican Congress member from Georgia, has been a controversial figure in the medical and health communities since his appointment to the position, despite being a former orthopedic surgeon. He has drawn criticism for his plans to disassemble the Affordable Care Act, as well as for opposing abortion rights and regulations on tobacco.
In today’s announcement, the White House said that Trump will designate Don J. Wright of Virginia to serve as Acting Secretary to replace Price. Wright currently holds the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
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