President Donald Trump named former Eli Lilly & Co.executive Alex Azar to lead the Department of Health andHuman Services after agency’s past chief resigned amid blowbackover his taxpayer-funded private jet travel.

“Happy to announce, I am nominating Alex Azar to be the next HHSSecretary. He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drugprices!” Trump tweeted Monday.

If confirmed, Azar will take over the administration’s management of the Affordable Care Act. Trumpand Congressional Republicans have called to repeal the health law,and the administration has taken steps to destabilize it, such ascutting funding for some programs and refusing to pay subsidies tohealth insurers. He’ll also be a key figure on drug costs.

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