Senate confirms Alex Azar as Trump’s second health secretary

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Article source: Associated Press, January 24, 2018

President Trump’s second health secretary won Senate approval Wednesday. Alex Azar1 will take on the leadership of a sprawling department shaken by the administration’s tumultuous first year.

The 55-43 vote to confirm the former drug company and government executive as secretary of Health and Human Services was largely along party lines.

A 50-year-old Ivy League-educated lawyer, Azar says he has four main priorities: to help curb the high cost of prescription drugs2, make health insurance more affordable and available, continue bipartisan efforts to focus Medicare payments on quality, and confront the growing opioid addiction epidemic.

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