Several news reports have revealed that if Azar accepts, the former pharma and government exec will oversee the $1 trillion department, the Health and Human Services (HHS) agency, replacing Tom Price who was ousted in September for his over spending on private travel.
President Donald Trump will nominate Alex Azar, chairman and founder of consulting firm Seraphim Strategies, to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.
"To the extent that the Trump administration has talked about lowering drug prices, here's a guy who understands how it works", said Tevi Troy, who served with Azar in the Bush administration and now leads the American Health Policy Institute, a think tank focused on employer health insurance.
Azar was president of Lilly USA, the largest affiliate of Eli Lilly & Co., until January. "In fact, the ACA is working despite President Trump and former HHS Secretary Tom Price's repeated efforts to repeal and sabotage it - open enrollment is off to a strong start, plans remain affordable and every county in the country is covered". "He had full responsibility as deputy secretary for the regulatory processes at HHS".
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"In his public statements, Alex Azar has made clear that he is opposed to measures to restrain prescription companies' profiteering and limit improper marketing, while favoring weaker safety approval standards".
Azar's most relevant experience was his previous stint at HHS from 2005 to 2007, where he served first as general counsel and then as deputy secretary.
"He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices!" Representative Peter Welch, Democrat of Vermont, said that "instead of draining the swamp, he has set the fox to guard the henhouse".
Republicans were supportive with Senate health committee head Lamar Alexander of Tennessee describing Azar as a qualified, experienced nominee. He also has experience as a conservative lawyer, serving as a clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court in the early 1990s after graduating from Yale Law School.