Trump announces Hargan as new acting HHS secretary

Trump announces Hargan as new acting HHS secretary
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President Trump announced a new acting secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Eric Hargan, who the Senate confirmed last week to fill the No. 2 position within HHS.

Hargan will fill the post vacated by Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceOvernight Health Care: CEO of largest private health insurer slams 'Medicare for All' plans | Dem bill targets youth tobacco use | CVS fined over fake painkiller prescriptions | Trump, first lady to discuss opioid crisis at summit HHS inspector general stepping down from watchdog role Ex-GOP lawmaker Handel to run for her former Georgia seat in 2020 MORE, who came under fire and resigned late last month as HHS secretary after a series of Politico articles reported his use of private and government planes for travel cost taxpayers more than $1 million.

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After the resignation, Don Wright — a career official at HHS — took over as acting HHS secretary. Trump announced late Tuesday that Hargan will now fill that role and head the department charged with implementing ObamaCare, a law Trump has said is failing and Republicans failed to repeal and replace this year.

Hargan was previously a lawyer in Chicago. He served at HHS in the Bush administration, holding various positions, such as deputy general counsel, principal associate deputy secretary and acting deputy secretary. He was also part of Trump’s HHS transition team.

Last week, the Senate voted largely along party lines, 57-38, to confirm Hargan. Seven Democrats and Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingHillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Dems introduce bill to tackle 'digital divide' Collins receives more donations from Texas fossil fuel industry than from Maine residents MORE (I-Maine) supported the nomination.