Alex Azar Nominated as HHS Secretary

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

Azar served as HHS's No. 2 under Secretary Mike Leavitt, who said he asked Azar to oversee the department's regulatory process.

"'The drug companies, frankly, are getting away with murder, and we want to bring our prices down to what other countries are paying, or at least close and let the other countries pay more", the president told reporters gathered in the Cabinet Room, ' Trump said then.

Azar, who ran Indianapolis-based Lilly's USA operations until earlier this year, has been an advocate for more state flexibility under Obamacare. "I think he would be of particular value given the fact that.so far a repeal bill has not occurred and they're going to need to make their imprint on existing laws through replacing the ideology underpinning it". In recent state elections in Virginia, Democrats won a competitive governors race that saw health care emerge as a top issue.

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's nomination comes a little more than a month after the resignation of HHS Secretary Tom Price.

If approved, Azar will be deeply involved in regulating the industry he has worked for over the last decade.

President Donald Trump on Monday nominated former pharmaceutical executive Alex Azar to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a vacancy left by ousted chief Tom Price. However he's taken no concrete action yet to do so.

Before his stint at Eli Lilly, Azar served as general counsel and deputy secretary for HHS under President George W. Bush.

Azar worked at the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly for ten years until leaving this past January.

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