In response to President Donald Trump’s announcement that he is nominating Alex Azar to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, Protect Our Care Campaign Director Brad Woodhouse released the following statement:
“President Trump has nominated in Mr. Azar someone who shares his misguided and factually flawed views on the Affordable Care Act.” said Woodhouse. “Mr. Azar, a drug industry lobbyist, has been a harsh critic of the ACA and has gone so far as to say that the law is ‘circling the drain’ despite evidence to the contrary. In fact, the ACA is working despite President Trump and former HHS Secretary Tom Price’s repeated efforts to repeal and sabotage it — open enrollment is off to a strong start, plans remain affordable and every county in the country is covered.
“The nomination of a new HHS Secretary could be an opportunity for Trump and Republicans to turn the page on their repeal and sabotage agenda, especially in light of last week’s election results where Republicans lost across the country with the GOP’s unpopular health care agenda being a leading cause. Sadly, we know President Trump will never turn the page, and in Mr. Azar he he appears to be looking for a willing partner in his spiteful ongoing campaign to deny affordable health care to millions of Americans.”