Pelosi Statement on Nomination of Alex Azar for HHS Secretary

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on President Trump’s announcement that Alex Azar will be nominated for Secretary of Health and Human Services:

“The American people must hope that the nomination of Alex Azar will begin a shift from the Trump Administration’s constant spiteful sabotage of Americans’ health care.  Months of cynical attempts to force families to pay more for worse coverage and to ransack Medicare and Medicaid have cruelly and needlessly hurt seniors, veterans, rural communities and hard-working Americans in every corner of the country.

“Alex Azar should join Democrats for real bipartisan action to lower health costs for families, particularly by reducing skyrocketing prescription drug prices – the single largest factor driving increasing health costs in America today.  He must also immediately take all necessary steps to eliminate any potential conflicts of interest he may have as Secretary.  House Democrats will hold Mr. Azar accountable for putting the health of the American people before the profits of his Big Pharma friends.

“Democrats are ready to work with Mr. Azar to expand access to quality, affordable care for all.  We urge him to work with us during Open Enrollment season to help families protect themselves and their loved ones against unexpected medical costs and gain access to free, life-saving preventative health services through the insurance marketplaces for 2018.  This Administration’s vengeful, politically-driven campaign to disrupt Open Enrollment and deny Americans quality coverage must end immediately.”

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