Trump’s HHS pick a pharma insider as drug prices skyrocketed
CNN – President Trump is nominating former Deputy Secretary and Eli Lilly President Alex Azar as new head of the Department of Health and Human Services, tweeting that he will be a “star for better healthcare and lower drug prices.”
Trump is flooding the swamp with his HHS pick, Alex Azar
- President Donald Trump has said that Alex Azar, his pick for Health and Human Services secretary, will “be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices.”
- Some senators are using Azar’s experience in the pharmaceutical industry to argue otherwise.
- In particular, Azar was a senior executive at Lilly during a time when the price of insulin steadily increased.
- Insulin prices rose three-fold during the period he was there, including when he served as president of the company, even though the medicine remained the same.
Alex Azar, the new nominee for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, is being pitched as someone who will help lower the price of prescription drugs.
“He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices,” President Donald Trump said in a tweet announcing Azar as his pick on Monday. Azar is Trump’s choice to replace Tom Price, who resigned from the position in September after his use of private jets was reported to have cost taxpayers more than $1 million.
Trump, who once said that drugmakers are “getting away with murder,” has promised to get rising drug prices under control.
But Azar’s own track record with drug prices is giving Democrats fodder to attack the choice. Even though he’s already served in the department that he’s now being tapped to run, Azar was also a senior executive at
Lilly is one of three companies that have substantially increased the price of insulin, the lifesaving drug used to treat diabetes. Some of those increases came while Azar was president of the company’s US unit.
Dude Who Tripled Price of Insulin Nominated to Regulate Price of Insulin
__G_A_R_D_E_N_E_R__: Conflict of interest.
A pox upon him and his house O’ Lord.
joelberg: Is this how you MAGA?
Benderateapoopenny: You just can’t make this shit up!
pee_tape: Is the swamp drained yet?
bulla564: Thanks Trump. Truly a man of the people.
TinKnockinMoroccan: The storm is coming… or it will be if we don’t all die of diabetes.
swampymcswampdrainer: Thats one swamp that won’t get drained.
Hingad: I guess I’ll have to keep buying illegal slin from Canada and the black market. Fucking ridiculous.
Humongousfungus1313: Seriously though at what point do we, the 500,000 of us on this sub, grab pitchforks and take to the streets. I’m so tired of this shit. I just have absolutely no clue what I can do about it. It has gone too far. Not this one example…the whole God Damn thing
ziplock9000: America has been more corrupt than ancient Rome since the 1940’s.
ScarpaDiem: This comment section is mysteriously free of Trump supporters. They must be in gym practicing their mental gymnastic routines.
MrMamo: I nominate him for prison.
Who’s with me?
pm_me_b000bs: The exact opposite of what Banting would have wanted.
puntiospilatos: But you don’t understand… without regulations, the ordinary people will extort each other…. /s
Aye_or_Nay: It is almost like they are *trying* to make poor decisions.
Hrodrik: That’s what I call a swamp well drained!
thinkmaga: 75 comments and literally none about the cause of the price increases. Everyone is apparently a paid Russian bot, or a paid shill and reasoned discussions can no longer be had. Sad.
doctorcoolpop: i understand the concern about fox guarding the henhouse but .. this guy’s a lawyer .. lawyers are train to work either side depending who hires them.. prosecutors leave the gov’t and go to work for defense firms.. so it’s at least possible he will represent the public ok
actualzed: to think vaccines are conceived in this environment haha, it’s a bigger leap of faith than Jesus hahaha