For immediate release
January 24, 2018
Statement from D. Taylor, President of UNITE HERE, on the vote in the United States Senate on the confirmation of Alex Azar to lead HHS.
“Healthcare is the number one issue for Americans and for the 275,000 members of UNITE HERE. Working Americans are using less health care and spending more to get it, yet the Senate today voted to put a Big Pharma chieftain in charge of the healthcare hen house. Shame on any Senator who voted for Alex Azar who has made it clear he will do everything to destroy the remnants of the ACA rather than fix it and do absolutely nothing to stop the price gouging by his Big Pharma friends. Next on his list will be to take away any healthcare safety net by dismantling all employer-based healthcare benefits in order to prop up a market that works for companies and not for middle class Americans. I am deeply disappointed in any Democrat who supported this nomination and will single out those vulnerable GOP Senators who are working against the good health of their constituents.”