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Azar, Verma battle for Trump's favor amid White House showdown

Posted On: Dec 11, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Azar, Verma battle for Trump's favor amid White House showdown

Even after Donald Trump had urged them to end their feud, the president's top two health deputies couldn't resist competing for his attention - and undermining each other on Twitter and cable TV. Seema Verma, who runs Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare, last Tuesday heaped praise on Trump's recent order that requires hospitals and health insurers to post their prices. "The federal agency I lead, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is taking swift action to implement it," Verma wrote in an accompanying Chicago Tribune op-ed that day. But on Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar went on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” - one of Trump's favorite TV shows - and claimed credit for driving the same initiative. “POTUS and I envision a healthcare system with patients in the center,” Azar tweeted from the Fox News set. “We're fighting powerful interests to deliver honesty and transparency in healthcare.” The clash has riveted Washington and could be speeding toward a conclusion: Azar and Verma made...

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