Trump announces pick for new Health and Human Services secretary on Twitter

Trump announces pick for new Health and Human Services secretary on Twitter

There are 2 comments on the Reuters story from Monday, titled Trump to tap ex-pharma executive Azar as us health secretary.

Azar, who has served as an HHS deputy secretary during the George W. Bush administration and as Eli Lilly's US president, will be tasked with advancing the president's repeal and replace push for the Affordable Care Act and ostensibly with tackling high pharmaceutical prices, an issue Trump campaigned on and has touched on during his time in the White House.

Azar's Senate confirmation could be hard, with the chamber's 48 Democrats unlikely to approve a candidate who supports dismantling the Affordable Care Act.

Trump tweeted on Monday: "He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices".

Azar's nomination comes a little more than a month after the resignation of HHS Secretary Tom Price. Azar served for five years as president of Lilly USA, LLC, the largest affiliate of global biopharmaceutical leader Eli Lilly and Company.


"This is a slap in the face to millions of Americans who are waiting on (the President) to take action to lower drug prices", Cummings wrote on Twitter.

Other Democrats were more cautious in their response to Trump's announcement, with Senator Chuck Schumer calling for the health agency to turn over a new leaf with Azar.

Azar has also said he is against expanding Medicaid reimbursements, which provide insurance to almost 130 million Americans under the Affordable Care Act, saying that he would prefer to use government money through "private-sector vehicles" in order to provide health care.

"I will carefully review Mr. Azar's nomination for this critically important position", said Donnelly in a statement. He served as the HHS deputy secretary under President George W. Bush.

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