Big Pharma Executive, Alex Azar, Nominated to Be Head of HHS

President Donald Trump has nominated Alex Azar to be the new Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Trump picks ex-pharma executive Azar to lead HHS – POLITICO

Big Pharma Executive, Alex Azar, Nominated to Be Head of HHS

President Donald Trump has nominated Alex Azar to be the new Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). This nomination is to fill the vacancy left by Tom Price after it was revealed that he had misused public funds to pay for airline tickets. It was thought that former secretary Price may have used millions of taxpayers dollars to pay for his own personal travel expenses. Price resigned a couple of months ago.

The nomination of Alex Azar is considered quite controversial in some circles because Azar was the former Director of US Operations for the Eli Lilly, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. His nomination to head the cabinet department that is in charge of this country’s health care system, and other related services, begs the question of conflict of interest. In fact, it doesn’t just “begs the question of conflict of interest” it smacks of conflict of interest. Since Alex Azar is to be head of Cabinet department that will be directly dealing with pharmaceutical manufacturers (a.k.a. big Pharma),  can be fair in his decisions when dealing with big Pharma?

In my way of thinking, his nomination should be opposed based mostly on a potential conflict of interest. There was no way that I would ever trust a former executive from big Pharma as a person who could remain objective. I almost interpreted this as big Pharma hedging its bets against probable health care reform and restructuring; something this country sorely needs. His former association with the Eli Lilly, a company that has financially benefited from US tax breaks and subsidies over the years, should automatically drop Alex Azar from consideration.

The nomination of Alex Azar is being vehemently opposed by Senator Bernie Sanders, a person who has been an enemy of big Pharma for years. The opposition of Senator Sanders pretty much seals the deal for me, because I fully trust Bernie Sanders in his judgment. This is particularly true when it comes to dealing with big Pharma. I do not trust big Pharma, nor will I ever. They have ripped off people in this country for far too many years for anyone to trust them about anything.

In a statement from Senator Sanders, he says,”During Mr. Azar’s tenure at Eli Lilly, this multi-billion-dollar corporation dodged taxes while charging Americans outrageously high prices for life-saving prescription drugs. We need an HHS secretary who is willing to take on the greed of the pharmaceutical industry and lower prescription drug prices, not one who has financially benefited from this greed.”

Since I agree 100% with Senator Bernie Sanders, especially the part about the greed of big Pharma, I think everyone who considers themselves to be a healthcare advocate should oppose this nomination. As far as I’m concerned, it’s just another plot by big Pharma to put one of its own in power.


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Donald Trump Nominees Are Saboteurs

Source: Bannon Admits Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Were Selected To Destroy Their Agencies.

Donald Trump Nominees Are Saboteurs

Some people can’t seem to figure out why Donald Trump nominees for four key cabinet posts here to be so unsuited for the job. Some people think that he is crazy for appointing some of the people he has selected.  Donald Trump is crazy like a fox.  There is a distinct method to his madness; something we should never forget.

Donald Trump made these nominations for a reason; to sabotage and to destroy the various departments to which they were to administer.  All of the major agencies, with the most controversial of Donald Trump nominees, are branches of government that most conservatives are opposed. The Department Of Education, The Department of Labor, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and The Department of Health and Human Services are all branches of our government that were designed to protect us. They were intended to protect us from poor educational standards, unsafe working conditions and fair pay, clean air, and clean water, and good quality healthcare and housing discrimination.

They are also the branches of government that produce the most regulation; something that big business has always opposed.  After all, isn’t Donald Trump one of the people who has played the loudest about deregulation and government overreach?  What better way to for Donald Trump to destroy the agencies that he hates the most than to appoint people who are as opposed to these bodies as he is?

Isn’t it logical that Donald Trump nominees for these offices are the type of people that we can trust the least?  This theory appears to be true, especially since these several Donald Trump nominees are people who have a record of being opposed to the very regulations that they are sworn to enforce. For example, Scott Pruitt, Trump’s nominee for head of the EPA has a record of not only of opposing the EPA in his home state of Oklahoma but has sued the agency four times.  Is he someone we can trust to make sure that we have clean air and water?

Steve Bannon, a Donald Trump, nominee for National Security Council (NSC) in a speech, given at the CPAC Convention today.


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