Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Alex Azar unveiled as Trump's pick for health secretary

Alex Azar unveiled as Trump's pick for health secretary

President Trump nominated a pharmaceutical executive to be the next secretary of the Health and Human Services Department.

As secretary, Azar would be returning to HHS after serving in senior posts in the George W. Bush administration.

Azar was president of Lilly USA, the largest affiliate of Eli Lilly & Co., until January.

"ElevatingHome looks forward to working with Mr. Azar and sharing with him the many ways that home-based care is a vital patient-preferred, lower cost component of high-quality health care delivery models", the group said in an emailed statement. This time, he'll face Democrats wary of the administration's unyielding quest to repeal the Affordable Care Act. "It turns these sovereign states and governors from supplicants to the HHS secretary into people running their own health insurance system for the poor".

But committee chairman Sen.

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Prior to his downfall, Price was once touted by the home health care industry as a strong advocate for in-home care.

Trump has been a sharp critic of the industry. Prices are "out of control".

Trump has been highly critical of the industry that Azar comes from, saying that drug companies are "getting away with murder" and threatening to use the federal government's buying power to bring down prices.

Professionally, Azar has another set of skills that may be valuable to the president. He previously worked in the Health and Human Services agency during the George W. Bush administration. Tillerson was CEO of ExxonMobil.

Where Azar stands on drug prices is less clear.

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Azar is President Donald Trump's choice to replace Tom Price.

As secretary, Azar would have broad authority over many aspects of the program.

Trump's pick to lead the Food and Drug Administration, Scott Gottlieb, also faced scrutiny for receiving consulting payments from drugmakers and medical device companies while in the private sector.

Trump's first HHS secretary, Tom Price, resigned in September after his extensive use of private and military jets at taxpayer expense was revealed.

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