STAT | The secretary of HHS is one of the most important Cabinet positions in the federal government. The department has a budget of over $1 trillion and 70,000 employees, and its programs touch nearly every American. With such an extensive reach, the HHS secretary must be experienced managing complex and large organizations; possess broad knowledge across an array of issues; and demonstrate a record of solving difficult problems. A person like this is hard to find, and the search is made even more difficult by the hyper-partisan nature of today’s politics, in which both parties too often view the other with deep suspicion. Alex Azar’s nomination as the next HHS secretary meets this high bar.
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