Trump turns to drug industry for his new health secretary

Trump turns to drug industry for his new health secretary

"I congratulate Alex Azar on his nomination to be Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS)".

Azar worked for Eli Lilly from 2007 to 2017, serving as president of the company's US division from 2011 to January of this year. He said Azar, whose own Twitter feed is private, would be "a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices".

The nomination of Azar is unusual because Health and Human Services secretaries have come from the ranks of elected officials such as governors, leaders in academia and medicine, or top executive branch managers - not industries regulated by the department.

Leavitt says Azar is likely to use that knowledge to alter the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, to make it more friendly to Republican ideals.

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

In October Trump also signed an executive order that would weaken Obamacare by making it easier for Americans to buy bare-bones health insurance plans. Azar must be approved by the Senate. "I am. interested in how, given Mr. Azar's professional background, he believes he can fairly execute any significant effort to lower drug prices for patients", she said in a statement. However he's taken no concrete action yet to do so.

The Washington Post reported that the Yale Law school grad clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a Trump favorite, while also working for former special counsel Kenneth Starr during the Whitewater investigation of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Azar, who served as deputy HHS secretary under President George W. Bush, is known as a detail-oriented bureaucrat who understands how to work the regulatory system to get things done.