Doctors and medical students are deeply troubled about the President’s nomination of Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical executive, to serve as the Secretary of Health and Human Services. We believe Mr. Azar is the wrong choice to lead HHS given his deep ties to the pharmaceutical industry, support for decreasing funding to Medicaid, and his opposition providing health coverage to millions of Americans through the Affordable Care Act. Former Trump HHS Secretary Tom Price had already started destroying the public health fabric of our country, Mr. Azar will finalize the job by rewarding his corporate friends.
At a time when millions of Americans are benefiting from the lifesaving coverage and protections provided by the ACA and when drug prices are rising out of reach for many of our patients, we need a leader who will safeguard coverage and take on the drug corporations. Mr. Azar will not be that leader. We urge the Senate to put patients over politics and oppose this nomination.
We are 38 percent away from our fundraising goal. We need your help to raise these crucial funds before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st so we can continue to fight for patients in 2018. It's clear the year ahead will bring more of the same attacks on patients and their access to care.
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Joe Kanter, MD, MPH*
Krishnan Narasimhan, MD*
*Dr. Kanter currently resides in New Orleans, LA and serves as the Director of the New Orleans Health Department.
* Dr. Narasimhan resides in Arlington, VA and serves as an academic family medicine physician and an Associate Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Howard University.