Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned on Friday, one day after he apologized for chartering hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of private flights since May.
In his apology, Price said he would reimburse taxpayers just under $52,000, a sum HHS says covers just the cost of his seats on the flights in question. Given that Price's decision to charter these flights cost the government roughly $400,000, it was ridiculous for the secretary to act like covering only the cost of his seats was anywhere near an adequate gesture.
Now that he's resigned, Price should still reimburse taxpayers for the money he chose to waste on private travel. But considering it was his decision to fly private over commercial time and again that racked up a $400,000 bill in less than five months, Price's check should cover much more than just the cost of his own ticket.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.