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Swamp deepens as Trump names former drug industry exec to be health secretary

Swamp deepens as Trump names former drug industry exec to be health secretary

Alex Azar, President Trump’s pick to serve as Health and Human Services secretary, represents everything wrong with the incestuous relationship that often exists between government officials and the industries they oversee.

This is a guy who, after being active in George W. Bush’s presidential campaign, landed a plum job with the Department of Health and Human Services despite being a lawyer with no background in healthcare.

He’s a guy who, in the grand tradition of Washington revolving doors, jumped ship to become the top lobbyist for a drug company he previously regulated.

Now he’s on his way back to run the agency he used to fight, where he’ll be charged with...

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