Press Release

AFT Statement on Nomination of Alex Azar

For Release: 

Monday, November 13, 2017


Michael Heenan
202/585-4371; Cell:202/577-3941

WASHINGTON—Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the nomination of Alex Azar for U.S. secretary of health and human services:

“Americans deserve a health and human services secretary who will shield families from skyrocketing drug prices (which President Trump promised when he was candidate Trump); stand up for the poor by protecting Medicaid expansion; and ensure the sick and vulnerable can access quality, affordable health insurance. Instead, Trump nominated a Big Pharma guy who built his reputation on increasing corporate pharmaceutical profits and whose only interest in the Affordable Care Act is seemingly how quickly he can dismantle it. In nominating Azar, Trump is reneging on his promise to fight escalating drug prices and defying the people’s desire and Congress’ will to strengthen, not end, the ACA.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.