Trump announces pick for new Health and Human Services secretary on Twitter

EVAN VUCCI  AP

Azar's nomination comes a little more than a month after the resignation of HHS Secretary Tom Price.

Azar's Senate confirmation could be hard, with the chamber's 48 Democrats unlikely to approve a candidate who supports dismantling the Affordable Care Act.

Trump's first health secretary, former U.S. Representative Tom Price, resigned in September amid a public furor over his use of expensive taxpayer-funded private charter jets for government travel.

The American Hospital Association said it welcomed the news and was encouraged by Azar's experience in both the public and private sectors. Trump wrote on Twitter. He is a former pharmaceutical executive and worked for Eli Lilly for almost a decade, and became president of Lilly USA in 2012. HLC President Mary R. Grealy said she believes that once confirmed, Azar will be able to "hit the ground running", and will be help bring a "patient-centered, value-focused approach to healthcare policymaking".

Democratic Senator Patty Murray, who has been working on bipartisan healthcare legislation, tweeted, "Given Alex Azar's professional background, there are concerns on whether he can fairly execute any significant effort to lower drug prices for patients & families".

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"As Mr. Azar navigates the confirmation process, HIMSS expects to work closely with him and the HHS team to ensure that health information and technology remain vital enablers of healthcare transformation", said HIMMS in a statement posted on their website.

Currently, Azar is the chairman and founder of Seraphim Strategies, which provides strategic consulting and counsel on biopharmaceutical and health insurance industries.

Azar represents an unusual choice for this position as it has been common practice for presidents to make a nomination from elected officials rather than industry.

As HHS secretary, Azar would have to scrupulously avoid conflicts with Lilly's far-reaching interests, from drug approval to Medicare reimbursement.

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