Trump nominates yet another business as usual establishment insider for HHS post

Source: The Hill

“President Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services has a deep knowledge of the regulatory process, those who worked with him said, but Democrats are likely to raise flags. On Monday, Trump tapped Alex Azar to fill the HHS secretary role vacated by Tom Price in late September amid revelations that Price took repeated trips on government and private jets that cost taxpayers over $1 million. … Azar left the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly in January after working there for nearly a decade, most recently serving as the president of Lilly USA. He now runs a consulting firm, according to his LinkedIn. Working in HHS in former President George W. Bush’s administration, he served as the department’s general counsel from 2001 to 2005 and then assumed the role of deputy secretary for the next two years.” [editor’s note: Draining that there swamp, Donny? Yeah, right – TLK] (11/13/17)