- The Washington Times - Monday, January 8, 2018

A pro-Obamacare group told senators to reject President Trump’s nominee to lead the Health and Human Services Department in an ad Monday that says Alex Azar will quarterback renewed efforts to gut the 2010 law.

The digital ad from Protect Our Care dropped one day before Mr. Azar, a former Bush administration official who spent a decade at drugmaker Eli Lilly, faces a high-profile grilling before the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees his confirmation.

“Welcome to 2018 and the Republicans’ continued war on America’s health care,” the new ad says. “President Trump and Republicans in Congress are in search of a new leader for their war effort, to captain their repeal and sabotage campaign. And in a former pharmaceutical executive, they have found their man.”

Republican suffered a major embarrassment by failing to replace Obamacare in 2017. Shortly after that, HHS Secretary Tom Price was forced to resign amid questions about his use of pricey use of private jets for business travel.

Some Republicans still want to replace Obamacare legislatively, though Mr. Trump is launching a regulatory push to chisel away at the law in 2018 in the meantime.

Mr. Azar is seen as a seasoned veteran and foe of Obamacare who understands the regulatory landscape, though Democrats — who don’t hold the votes to stop him — are needling the nominee over his opposition to the law and work as a pharmaceutical executive, saying he won’t take meaningful steps to cut drug prices.

“The GOP war on health care is already forcing higher costs and ripping away coverage, and the Trump administration’s first leader had to resign for abusing taxpayer resources,” said Protect Our Care Campaign Director Brad Woodhouse. “Now they’ve recruited a new general who will embrace the twin weapons of repeal and sabotage, no matter how much higher they force our costs or how many people get hurt.”

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