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Trump team defends health pick Tom Price over ethics charge

Trump team defends health pick Tom Price over ethics charge

This comes just days before he's slated to testify at his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

The new revelations about Rep. Tom Price, first reported by CNN on Monday evening, raises new ethics concerns and questions about whether Price engaged in insider trading.

Just days later, Price introduced legislation to delay the implementation of a new Medicare and Medicaid regulation that would have seriously hurt Zimmer Biomet's finances, CNN said.

The problem is that Price acquired between $1,001 and $15,000 worth of ZBH shares a few days before filing the legislation, which would be a boon to Warsaw, Ind. -based Zimmer Biomet.

Donald Trump's nominee to be the country's next health care czar invested past year as much as $90,000 in six pharmaceutical companies shortly before leading a legislative and public relations effort that benefited those specific companies, records show.

"The Office of Congressional Ethics needs to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation into these potential violations of the STOCK Act before Rep. Price's nomination moves forward".

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But medical device manufacturers, in particular, were poised to be hit the hardest by the new regulation, according to industry officials and congressional sources. Zimmer Biomet made a subsequent donation three months after Price introduced the HIP Act to the House in early 2016.

The company's political action committee donated to Price's reelection campaign after he introduced the legislation, according to the network. But Morgan Stanley did not inform Price of the Zimmer Biomet stock until April 14, according to House financial disclosure forms on the Georgia congressman's transactions.

"I write to ask that your office immediately investigate whether Tom Price ... violated the STOCK Act and other federal laws in the purchase and sale of shares of a medical device manufacturer", Gillibrand wrote.

"The president-elect claims he wants to drain the swamp, but Congressman Price has spent his career filling it up", Senator Schumer said in a statement.

"This is a very narrow, specific company that dealt with implants-hip and knee-and the legislation specifically affects implants", he told CNN. Tuesday morning, the Democratic National Committee blasted out an email to reporters describing Price's "latest corruption scandal", and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the CNN report showed "a clear and troubling pattern of Congressman Price trading stock and using his office to benefit the companies in which he is investing".

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, the Senate minority leader, called for an investigation into Price's activities.


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