President Donald Trump has announced Alex Azar as his pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In a tweet revealing his choice, Trump stated that Azar "will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices".
Azar is a veteran of HHS, having served as the General Counsel and, later, the U.S. Deputy Secretary in the department during George W. Bush's administration. He has over a decade of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry as an executive at Eli Lilly, where he served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and President of the U.S. Division.
It is believed that, if he is confirmed, Azar will continue the Trump administration's goal of taking a more conservative approach to healthcare in America. Azar has been a critic of the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans have sought to kill, stating that the law is "circling the drain".
Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said that the White House would send the official nomination to the Senate on Tuesday.
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