Robert Charrow, the Greenberg Traurig shareholder picked to serve as general counsel to the U.S.Health and Human Services Department, pledged on Thursday to resistany efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act — regulations that SenateDemocrats said remain the “law of the land” following the failureof Republican-backed reform legislation.

“I am a firm believer in applying the law as written and passedby Congress,” Charrow, a Greenberg Traurig lawyer since 2002, saidat his confirmation hearing before the Senate FinanceCommittee.“And if an action is inconsistent with the law, I willnot approve it.”

With the recent collapse of a so-called skinny repeal of theAffordable Care Act and with President Donald Trump appearing toroot for the law’s failure—”let ObamaCare implode,” he said onTwitter—senators did not mince words about the challenges ahead forCharrow.

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C. Ryan Barber

C. Ryan Barber, based in Washington, covers government affairs and regulatory compliance. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @cryanbarber