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Alex Azar

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Nominated by Trump: 11-13-2017

Who is Alex Azar?

Alex Azar previously worked for big pharma and, before that, served as deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under President George W. Bush. Azar has been an outspoken opponent of the Affordable Care Act and the many other health care programs he’s tasked with leading. Since he was confirmed to his position in January 2018, Azar has driven policy changes that reduce access to health care.

“The mission of the HHS is to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans, and this includes the unborn.”

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Here is what Alex Azar controls

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

HHS is charged with protecting the health of all Americans. The Trump-Pence administration has slowly reshaped HHS to roll back reproductive rights and limit access to health care.

Related Issues

Title X

Planned Parenthood

Sex Education

Refusal Policies

Birth Control Coverage


Title X Gag Rule

The Health Agenda

Abortion Coverage

Background on Alex Azar

Restricting Medicaid

Alex Azar’s first act as secretary was to approve a Medicaid work restriction that could take away basic health care coverage for hundreds of thousands of people, mostly women.

Funding Anti-Abortion Efforts

Alex Azar donated thousands of dollars to politicians and organizations that work to eliminate access to abortion.

Open Secrets
Interfering in Abortion Access

Alex Azar defended efforts to block young undocumented women’s access to safe, legal abortion.

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Letting Bosses Control Birth Control Access

Alex Azar believes employers should be able to control a woman’s birth control options.