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National Physicians Alliance Opposes Nomination of Alex Azar as HHS Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2017

CONTACT:
Becky Martin, Advocacy Director
National Physicians Alliance
c: 941/518-7051
becky@npalliance.org

National Physicians Alliance Opposes Nomination of Alex Azar as HHS Secretary

Statement attributable to Manan Trivedi, MD, MPP
President, National Physicians Alliance

“The National Physicians Alliance (NPA) opposes Alex Azar’s nomination to be the next Secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department because we believe Mr. Azar’s deep ties to the pharmaceutical industry disqualify him from being an independent voice for our nation’s health care system. Moreover, his previous work in industry and in the public sector show that he has no inclination to improve upon the gains we have made in the Affordable Care Act and continue to push toward real affordable, equitable and universal health care for all.

NPA has prided itself on being America’s “Unbranded Doctors” by upholding the principle of patient-first, conflict-of-interest free health care. Drug corporations already have undue influence over health policy in America and to nominate a former drug company executive to lead the HHS further adds to our concerns that we will continue to have lack of action on skyrocketing drug prices that are crippling our ability to provide the health care our patients need.

We would hope that Administration reconsider its nomination and find a candidate who can provide a truly independent and evidence-based approach to improving America’s health care system.”

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