The HHS is responsible for advising the President on matters of health, welfare, and income security programmes. ADVI traditionally has been at the forefront of seminal payment and delivery reform issues currently before the CMS as well as local and national public and private payer coverage, quality, and reimbursement issues and in healthcare merger and acquisition deal flow.
He was also HHS general counsel in former President George W. Bush's administration from 2001 to 2005.
Azar served as HHS's No. 2 under Secretary Mike Leavitt, who said he asked Azar to oversee the department's regulatory process.
Trump has been highly critical of the industry that Azar comes from, saying that drug companies are "getting away with murder" and threatening to use the federal government's buying power to bring down prices.
"There will be a piece of legislation passes this year that is called 'the repeal of Obamacare, ' " Azar said.
Azar needs 51 votes for confirmation.
Trump's first HHS secretary, Tom Price, resigned in September after his extensive use of private and military jets at taxpayer expense was revealed.
Azar has served on the board of directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, a drug industry lobby, for several years, and his nomination would raise questions about the administration's seriousness about lowering drug prices.
It's unclear what thoughts, if any, Azar has on tobacco. A lawyer by training, Azar previously clerked for Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
HE'S THE CURE: President Donald Trump has selected drug industry executive Alex Azar to replace former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Azar must be approved by the Senate. "We hope that day one, Alex Azar begins to restore life-affirming care to our healthcare system, rather than abusing people's consciences and wallets in service of Planned Parenthood and its allies".
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