Trump Announces Next HHS Nominee, Dems Scrutinize His Former Employment

Trump Announces Next HHS Nominee, Dems Scrutinize His Former Employment

"LeadingAge looks forward to ongoing collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services - including a new secretary - as we work, on behalf of our 6000+ members and partners, to ensure the overall health and wellbeing of older adults across the country", she said in an emailed statement to Home Health Care News.

The nation's 45th president just tweeted that he has nominated Alex Azar as the next secretary of Health and Human Services.

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

Azar's last job was as Eli Lilly's U.S. chief. Trump confirmed Azar's nomination on Twitter on Monday morning, writing, "He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices!" This time, he'll face Democrats wary of the administration's unyielding quest to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

But committee chairman Sen.

"Drug corporations have undue influence over health policy in America, and they use it to make money on the backs of patients and taxpayers", said Ben Wakana, executive director of Patients For Affordable Drugs, an advocacy group.

Trump has been a sharp critic of the industry.

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Azar previously worked at the department as deputy secretary under President George W. Bush before joining the pharmaceutical industry. Prices are "out of control" and "have gone through the roof", Trump said.

Azar also favors moving authority to the states over Medicaid, the program that provides health care to the poor, elderly and disabled. If confirmed, Mr. Azar would bring a winning combination of public and private sector experience to the agency.

Tom Price and Donald Trump. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was a former Goldman Sachs executive and hedge fund manager.

Where Azar stands on drug prices is less clear.

Azar, a lawyer, would take over one of the largest federal agencies with an annual budget of more than $1 trillion.

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.

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