Trump Picks Former Eli Lilly Drug Executive as Health Secretary

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Turning to an industry he's rebuked, President Donald Trump on Monday picked a former top pharmaceutical and government executive to be his health secretary.

A lawyer by training, has spent the last 10 years with pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, rising to president of its key US affiliate before leaving in January to start his own consulting firm.

"He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices", Trump said in a tweet announcing the nomination.

If confirmed, Azar would replace Tom Price, who resigned in September during an investigation into his use of private jets.

Azar's nominations to HHS in the Bush era sailed through the Senate.

Leavitt says Azar is likely to use that knowledge to alter the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, to make it more friendly to Republican ideals.

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The Trump administration followed through on a threat to cut off billions of dollars of subsidy payments to insurers, shortened the Obamacare open enrollment period, slashed advertising for the program by 90 percent and cut funding to groups that help people sign up for health insurance.

The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the largest skilled nursing provider in the nation, is also seeking opportunities to work with the potential new Secretary.

"Would (Azar) have been better off if he had been meditating in an ashram after serving as deputy secretary?" asked Troy.

President Donald Trump may occasionally erupt with passionate criticism for biopharma companies and the execs who run them, but once again he's going with an industry insider for a top government post. "As a former HHS Deputy Secretary and General Counsel, and former life sciences executive, Mr. Azar is uniquely equipped to work with HHS' umbrella agencies in AHRQ, CMS, FDA and HRSA to tackle independent and cross agency thorny policy issues requiring tough talk and action".

Alex Azar has spent most of the past 10 years with pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly. A lawyer by training, Azar previously clerked for Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

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