President of Public Citizen, Weissman said today: "Just weeks after denouncing "out-of-control" prescription prices, President Donald Trump shows he doesn't mean it by nominating a former pharmaceutical company executive to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services".
Azar's nomination for HHS Secretary follows the ascendance of Seema Verma, who now leads the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and former State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, who became Surgeon General this summer.
Trump tweeted on Monday: "He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices". He is a former pharmaceutical executive and worked for Eli Lilly for almost a decade, and became president of Lilly USA in 2012.
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Alex Azar appears to clearly be an establishment choice with his past experience including serving as General Counsel for HHS before becoming the Deputy Secretary under President George W. Bush.
Azar's experience in the public and private sector could fit in with the Trump's administration's plans to make the Affordable Care Act more "friendly" to Republican ideals, Leavitt said. "I will vigorously oppose this nomination".
Azar's nomination must be approved by the Senate. Earlier this year, he founded a biopharmaceutical and health care consulting business. Azar joined Lilly in 2007 as a senior vice president of global corporate affairs and communications. "If he wants to take meaningful action to lower drug prices, we want to help him".
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Like more than half of Trump's nominees, Azar has professional ties to the industry that he will be expected to regulate.
"He has the chance to stand up for patients because he knows exactly how the drug pricing system is broken", said.Wakana, who previously served as the head of HHS communications under the Obama administration.
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