It probably didn’t take long for Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, to regret his decision to participate in Wednesday night’s festivities in Washington, D.C.
At a Nationals game, Price reportedly received a not-so-warm reception as fans booed him during the first pitch, which he threw out.
Some tweets describing Price’s humiliation at the ball field:
Tom Price, the head of HHS, just threw out the first pitch at Nats Park. He wasn’t greeted warmly.
— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 9, 2017
Tom Price, the Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services, threw out the 1st pitch. He was booed.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) August 9, 2017
Good thing for Tom Price there’s a small pre-game crowd because these boos would be a lot louder pic.twitter.com/KVHmokqpjV
— Shamik Trivedi (@ShamaiLama) August 9, 2017
Whoever told Tom Price this was a good idea should be fired https://t.co/vctM2letCT
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) August 9, 2017
Typically, an HHS secretary isn’t much of a household name, but in the age of Trump, Americans are paying attention, and they know what Price has been up to over the past six months.
The Trump cabinet member has been central to the ongoing effort by the White House and Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and kick more than 20 million Americans off their health insurance plans.
When faced with criticism of the health care bills they’ve proposed, Price simply said the people didn’t understand the legislation.
Unfortunately for Price and his boss, Americans have understood all too well what the administration has been trying to pull past them, and that’s why their efforts have failed so miserably.
It’s probably not a good idea to appear in public settings like this when you spent the year trying to eliminate health coverage for millions of people.
(Picture via Twitter user @ShamaiLama)
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.