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White House nominates Alex Azar as new Health and Human Services secretary

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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.

"He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices", Trump said in a tweet announcing the nomination.

Azar has prior experience at HHS, having served as its deputy secretary during the George W. Bush administration.

Following his time at HHS, he rose to role of President of Eli Lilly USA, a global pharmaceutical company.

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If confirmed, Azar will have to start off juggling multiple issues, including CMS changes to value-based payment models, the administration's actions to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period and Trump's recent decision to halt cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers in the ACA exchanges. He's seen as an expert on government health care regulation. Politico reported the total cost of the flights was over $1 million.

HE'S THE CURE: President Donald Trump has selected drug industry executive Alex Azar to replace former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Azar has served on the board of directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, a drug industry lobby, for several years, and his nomination would raise questions about the administration's seriousness about lowering drug prices. Trump has also accused pharmaceutical companies of "getting away with murder" in setting drug prices. He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices!

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