Trump nominates Alex Azar, a former pharmecutical executive, as HHS secretary

13 November, 2017, 17:51 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Azar is nominated to replace Tom Price a physician and congressman who resigned amid scandal

President Donald Trump on Monday announced he is nominating Alex Azar to succeed Tom Price as the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R), flanked by Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price, delivers remarks during an opioid-related briefing at Trump's golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., August 8, 2017. "He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices", the president said. From 2012 to January 2017, he served as Eli Lilly's president.

The Washington Post reported that the Yale Law school grad clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a Trump favorite, while also working for former special counsel Kenneth Starr during the Whitewater investigation of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Azar's nomination, which must be confirmed by the Senate, comes a month and a half after Secretary Tom Price resigned amid a scandal over his use of private jets to conduct government business.

Prior to serving in the Trump administration, Price was a US representatives from Georgia's 6th congressional district from 2005-2017.

"I would have much preferred that if we were expanding care to those unable to afford health care that we would have chosen vehicles that actually harness the private sector", Azar told the Zetema Project, which seeks to create a conversation around USA health care policy.

Azar has spent several years inside the drug industry, one of the key sectors he'd regulate at HHS.

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