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Monday, November 13, 2017

President Trump has tapped Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical executive and a top health official during the George W. Bush administration, to lead the Health and Human Services Department. The decision to enlist the 50-year-old Azar -- who served as president of Lilly USA, the biggest affiliate of Eli Lilly and Co., before stepping down in January to work as a health-care consultant -- represents a pragmatic pick. An establishment figure with a reputation as a conservative thinker and methodical lawyer, Azar would be expected to use his experience as HHS general counsel and deputy secretary to pursue Trump's goals through executive action.

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Azar has been highly critical of the Affordable Care Act, telling Fox Business in May that the law was "certainly circling the drain" and saying in a speech two months ago that many of its problems "were entirely predictable as a matter of economic and individual behavior."

In a June interview on Bloomberg Television, Azar made it clear he thought the administration could shift the ACA in a more conservative direction even if congressional Republicans failed to repeal much of it.

"I'm not one to say many good things about Obamacare, but one of the nice things in it is it does give tremendous amount of authority to the secretary of HHS," he said.

He also supports converting Medicaid from an entitlement program covering everyone who is eligible into block grants, a long-standing GOP goal that has sparked opposition from Democrats as well as some centrist Republicans. He has opposed expanding the program under the ACA to people with slightly higher incomes.

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alt Headline: Trump Hires Big Pharma Swamp Creature as Hitman to Kill ObamaCare

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-13 10:35 AM | Reply

"In a statement, Public Citizen president Robert Weissman said if Azar ends up in the position, "then Big Pharma's coup d'etat in the health care sphere will be virtually complete." Azar has argued against drug price controls in the past, Weissman said, making it "highly unlikely" he would "advance real reform" on the issue."

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Another Fox guarding the hen house. Typically Trump.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-13 10:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#SoMuchWinning

What happened to draining the Swamp, Conservatives?

#3 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-13 11:54 AM | Reply


This shows the current problem in our political system. While "Drain the Swamp" is a n ice slogan, and Pres Trump does indeed seem to be draining the swamp, the problem still persists. Because Pres Trump is replacing the old swamp water with new, different, but equally putrid swamp water.

To my eyes, part of the persistent problem is that politicians listen to and rely upon constituents only to vote them into office.

Once in office, the politicians switch their allegiance, working for their donors instead of working for their constituents.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-13 12:09 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

dts means to drain it of enlightened though, ie, liberals, democrats.

#5 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-11-13 03:35 PM | Reply

Let's hear it trumpies. How is this draining the swamp?

Is this what you voted for?

Or were you just voting for ignorance, cruelty, and racism, and matter of policy and corruption aren't important to you?

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-13 07:25 PM | Reply

What happened to draining the Swamp, Conservatives?

#3 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

With how far up eachother's a**h***es their heads are; they can't tell what is or isn't swamp.

#7 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-11-13 07:40 PM | Reply

Let's just piss in the swamp.

#8 | Posted by bat4255 at 2017-11-13 08:50 PM | Reply

Let's just piss in the swamp.

#8 | Posted by bat4255

That's what Scott Pruitt is for.

#9 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-13 09:18 PM | Reply

"While "Drain the Swamp" is a n ice slogan, and Pres Trump does indeed seem to be draining the swamp,"

Baloney. He's adding more sewage to the swamp.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-14 08:35 AM | Reply

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I seem to recall Trump complaining that one of the biggest problems with the skyrocketing cost of healthcare is the pharmaceutical industry. Was I wrong?

#11 | Posted by cbob at 2017-11-14 09:25 AM | Reply

Not only is the fox guarding the henhouse; The chickens have to pay his salary too

#12 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-11-14 10:55 AM | Reply

Not only is the fox guarding the henhouse; The chickens have to pay his salary too

#12 | POSTED BY HATTER5183 AT 2017-11-14 10:55 AM | FLAG:

Appropriately, Fox is the president's go-to TV network.

#13 | Posted by cbob at 2017-11-14 11:55 AM | Reply

While "Drain the Swamp" is a n ice slogan, and Pres Trump does indeed seem to be draining the swamp, the problem still persists.

Putting industry lobbyists in charge of regulating the industry they work for is only draining the swamp if you think the industry was being held too accountable.

This turd has a history of gouging consumers with pharmaceutical price hikes.

#14 | Posted by 726 at 2017-11-15 09:22 AM | Reply

726 you insult turds with your comparison.

#15 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-15 09:29 AM | Reply

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