AdvaMed CEO Supports Potential HHS Secretary Nominee Azar
AdvaMed CEO Scott Whitaker says Alex Azar, who is reportedly the top candidate to be nominee for US Health and Human Services secretary, would be ideal for the job with his extensive experience at the department.
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