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Trump's pick for health secretary makes clear he's totally the wrong guy for the job

Watching Alex Azar, President Trump’s nominee for health secretary, testify before the Senate Finance Committee this week, I realized he’s more impressive than I’d previously thought.Unlike Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Azar isn’t alarmingly ignorant about the department he’d run. Unlike Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, he’s apparently not determined to tear down the very things he’s supposed to safeguard.But Azar is still the wrong guy for the job.This week’s hearing, one of a series of Azar’s encounters with senators on his road to leadership of the Department of Health and Human Services, began with the committee’s Republican chairman, Orrin Hatch, making clear ...