Monday, President Trump named Alex Azar as his nominee to be the Health and Human Services secretary. Azar is the former president of Eli Lilly USA branch. He also served in the Bush administration as a deputy secretary at Health and Human Services. He is a lawyer by training and he graduated from Yale Law School and clerked under former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He has twice been confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Azar is a critic of the Affordable Care Act and favors giving more flexibility to the states when it comes to healthcare. With his nomination, one does wonder: Is Alex Azar the right choice for HHS secretary?
Those who believe he is the right man for the job feel he is immensely qualified. With his experience at HHS and in the private sector, he is uniquely qualified for the job. They feel that he is smart and pragmatic and will have the knowledge to fix the healthcare system in this country. They see a man who can help guide the president while he tries to fix the problems with the Affordable Care Act.
People who do not like the choice of Alex Azar for Health and Human Services secretary believe his pick is the opposite of draining the swamp. They see a man who has spent years driving up prescription drug costs while working for drug companies. They contend he will not fix the costs of healthcare; he will make them worse. They feel that, once again, President Trump has gone out and picked the worst possible candidate to fill his cabinet.
Fox Business covering the nomination of Alex Azar:
Is Alex Azar a good pick to run the Health and Human Services department? Is he a smart, pragmatic choice who will be a good guide for the president while they work on healthcare? Or, is he another example of the president, not draining the swamp, but making it worse?
Alex Azar is a good choice to run HHS
Those who believe that Alex Azar is a good choice say that, with his qualifications and experience, he is the perfect choice. They feel he will have the knowledge and abilities to bring down the costs of healthcare in this country.
Alex Azar is a great pick for HHS—pragmatic, thoughtful & knowledgible about industry issues, trends, challenges.
— paul keckley (@pkeckley) November 13, 2017
A decidedly more credible man who has a huge amount of experience and not just in this field alone.
— Graham Shoebridge (@Grahamshoebrid3) November 13, 2017
Nominees with prior experience in an industry aren't conflicted — it's a good thing to have prior experience. Seemingly weird to call that a 'conflict'. Better than the other way where former regulators then leave for private sector checks.
— Jᴀqᴇn H'ghᴀr (@RealFacelessMan) November 13, 2017
I would have preferred to see a little bit more enthusiasm for Alex's intellect & knowledge, but you got to the right result, which I am sure was not easy for you. I appreciate the bipartisan gesture.
— A.M. Juster (@amjuster) November 13, 2017
Alex Azar is a bad choice to run HHS
People who feel he is a bad choice say that his selection is putting a fox in charge of a hen house. They feel he is in the pocket of the drug companies and will do all he can to make them money, not fix healthcare.
And there isn't conflict of interest here? Someone whose living was pushing drugs is the best qualified to oversee health policy?
— iiiiiniiiii (@iiiiiniiiii) November 13, 2017
Oh. That’s the total opposite of draining to swamp. That’s like assigning a lion to run a meat packing plant.
— purely_james (@purely_james) November 13, 2017
The GOP embraces a monopoly economy dominating the working class, backed by the might & power by the Federal Government. Azar epitomizes this. Big Business + fundamentalist Christianity +government =the Trump GOP.
— Bill Carter (@ReelBillCarter) November 13, 2017
How are these picks helping to #DrainTheSwamp? Seriously, this stuff is worse than its ever been…
— Michael Yonker (@theyonks) November 13, 2017
Do you think Alex Azar is a good choice to run the U.S. Health and Human Services department?