Despite his promises to “drain the swamp,” President Trump has nominated Alex Azar, former President of the U.S. division of drug company Eli Lilly, as Secretary of the United States Department of Human and Health Services (HHS.)
If confirmed, Azar would head HHS, also known as the Health Department, charged with the goal of protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential services.
Although Azar has experience as both general counsel and former deputy secretary of HHS under President George W. Bush, he is the wrong person for the job!
As general council for HHS, Azar participated in the Autism Omnibus Proceedings that denied more than 5,000 claims of vaccine injury to devastated families.
Later, as president of pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly’s USA division for almost a decade, Azar exploited drug pricing. For example, Eli Lilly’s insulin product, Humulin R U-500, rose 325 percent in price from 2010 to 2015.
Azar’s career also includes a position as board member of the Biotechnology Innovation Association, a trade association that lobbies for manufacturers of biotech products including vaccines and GMOs.
We must fight against this nomination. Please take a moment to let your voice be heard!
Contact both of your United States Senators and urge them to oppose Alex Azar’s confirmation. You can find out who represents you at: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
Phone calls have a greater impact than emails. You can leave a very short message (“I urge my Senator to oppose Alex Azar’s confirmation for Secretary of HHS.”) Be clear and concise about why this issue matters to you and/or the people in your community. You can use some of the talking points below to help you get your thoughts in order.
If you do use email, be sure to use a clear subject line (“Oppose Alex Azar for Secretary of HHS”), and keep it short, but personal.
Email President Trump and respectfully let him know you oppose Alex Azar as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Again, a very short message is all that is needed.
Click here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
TALKING POINTS & MORE INFORMATION
1) Alex Azar is the wrong person for Secretary of Health and Human Services. He has many conflicts of interest and a track record for putting his corporate interests first.
2) As former President of the U.S. division of Eli Lilly and Company and member of the board of directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, a pharmaceutical lobby, Alex Azar is not a person who can be trusted to bring desperately needed reform.
3) The head of HHS should be an advocate for America’s people, not someone who has proven himself to put drug industry profits before the public’s wellbeing. “During Alex Azar’s tenure as an Eli Lilly & Co. executive prices rose dramatically for some of the company’s top drugs.” https://www.wsj.com/articles/hhs-nominee-oversaw-big-drug-price-increases-at-lilly-1510604129
4) If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Azar would oversee the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) – which runs programs like Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Obamacare, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institutes for Health (NIH), the Indian Health Service (IHS), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). http://fortune.com/2017/11/13/trump-alex-azar-hhs-eli-lilly/
Remember, your involvement and activism works!