Trump nominates Alex Azar to lead HHS — 5 takeaways

Written by Megan Wood | November 13, 2017 | Print  |

President Donald Trump nominated Alex Azar, II, to lead the HHS, Medscape reports.

Here are five takeaways:


1. Mr. Azar previously served as president of Lilly USA, affiliate of drug company Eli Lilly.


2. Mr. Azar finds fault in the ACA, calling it a "fundamentally broken system" during a television interview, Medscape reports.


3. He also worked as HHS' general counsel under the George W. Bush administration from 2001 to 2005, and the deputy secretary from 2005 to 2007.


4. He currently lives in Indianapolis.


5. The new HHS secretary will replace Don Wright, MD, who stepped into the HHS acting secretary role following the resignation of Tom Price, MD, in September. Dr. Price resigned amid an inspector general investigation; Dr. Price spent at least $400,000 on private planes for government business trips.


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