Trump nominating Azar as next HHS secretary

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November 13, 2017
 download (2)President Trump on Monday tapped Alex Azar for secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), a role vacated by Tom Price in late September amid revelations that Price took repeated trips on government and private jets that cost taxpayers more than $1 million.

“Happy to announce, I am nominating Alex Azar to be the next HHS Secretary,” Trump tweeted. “He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices!”

Azar has a deep knowledge of the regulatory process, those who worked with him said, but Democrats are likely to raise red flags on how he’ll handle ObamaCare and drug prices.

The role is high-profile, tasked with overseeing various facets of health care, from Medicare and Medicaid to drug approvals and disease control — and most controversially, the implementation of the health-care law Republicans want to tear down.

The GOP controls 52 seats, and Azar only needs 51 votes to win Senate confirmation.

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