Journalist Arrested After Repeatedly Asking HHS Secretary a Question


A West Virginia journalist was arrested after he repeatedly asked Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price a question.

Dan Heyman followed Price as he walked through a hallway asking him if domestic violence would be considered a preexisting condition under the Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Heyman says he was persistent only because Price didn't say anything.

An officer in the Capitol pulled him away and arrested him.

His charge was willful disruption of state government processes and was later released after posting his $5,000 bail.

The complaint filed says Heyman was "aggressively breaching" the agents meant to provide security to Price and Kellyanne Conway.

“[The agents were] forced to remove him a couple of times from the area. [Heyman] was causing a disturbance by yelling questions at Ms. Conway and Secretary Price.”

Heyman defended his actions by saying he was just doing his job as a thorough journalist. 

“This is my job, this is what I’m supposed to do. I think it’s a question that deserves to be answered. I think it’s my job to ask questions and I think it’s my job to try to get answers.”


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