Trump chooses drug executive as health secretary

14 November, 2017, 01:51 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Alex Azar previously worked as Deputy Health and Human Services Secretary during the George W. Bush administration

Alex Azar, a former executive with Eli Lilly, was nominated by President Donald Trump as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Until January, he was the head of the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly's United States division. 'He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices!'

Mr Azar would replace Tom Price, who resigned in September after it emerged he spent up to $1m on private travel.

Trump tweeted the news Monday morning while on his trip to Asia.

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"Happy to announce, I am nominating Alex Azar to be the next HHS Secretary", Trump wrote on Twitter. He previously worked in the Health and Human Services agency during the George W. Bush administration. Trump and Congressional Republicans have called to repeal the health law, and the administration has taken steps to destabilize it, such as cutting funding for some programs and refusing to pay subsidies to health insurers.

"Would (Azar) have been better off if he had been meditating in an ashram after serving as deputy secretary?" asked Troy.

Azar's nomination comes a little more than a month after the resignation of HHS Secretary Tom Price.

The firm represents a sophisticated client base of Fortune 100 life sciences, health care services companies, and providers as well as innovative, venture and private equity backed companies in diagnostics, digital health, health information technology and health care services.

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Azar, who now works for a consulting firm, worked as the HHS general counsel from 2001 to 2005 in the George W. Bush administration. Early enrollment in Obamacare plans earlier this month was also up considerably compared to a year ago.

If confirmed by the Senate, Azar will oversee a $1-trillion department responsible for major health insurance programs, medical research, food and drug safety, and public health.

"'The drug companies, frankly, are getting away with murder, and we want to bring our prices down to what other countries are paying, or at least close and let the other countries pay more", the president told reporters gathered in the Cabinet Room, ' Trump said then.

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