Pro-ACA group urges 'no' vote on Trump health nominee

Pro-ACA group urges 'no' vote on Trump health nominee
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A leading pro-ObamaCare group is urging senators to vote "no" on President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE’s Health and Human Services secretary nominee, saying he will continue a campaign of “sabotage” against the health law.

The group, Protect Our Care, unveiled a digital ad that urges lawmakers to oppose the nominee, Alex Azar.

“President Trump and Republicans in Congress are in search of a new leader for their war effort to captain their repeal and sabotage campaign, and in a former pharmaceutical executive they have found their man,” the ad states. “Alex Azar is ready to lead the Republican war on health care into its second year.”

The Senate Finance Committee will hold its confirmation hearing for Azar on Tuesday.

He is expected to be confirmed, though he could face opposition from many Democrats due to his stance on ObamaCare and his history as a pharmaceutical executive.

Democrats have attacked him for drug price hikes while he was at Eli Lilly. Azar has said as Health and Human Services Secretary he would act in the best interest of the public, not his former industry.

Protect Our Care points to administration actions like cutting the outreach budget for ObamaCare enrollment and cutting off key payments to insurers as evidence of “sabotage” of the law.

The group also points to Azar’s comments in May, when he said ObamaCare is “circling the drain.”