Last week, HHS Secretary Nominee Xavier Becerra began Senate confirmation hearings, revealing a bit more of his stance on various health policy issues. Despite not being a health care provider, Becerra is no stranger to major health care legislation, including defending the ACA during his tenure as the California Attorney General. Becerra promised to work with lawmakers to “strengthen our Medicare and Medicaid lifelines, reduce the cost of health care and prescription drugs, and ensure we are accountable, spending resources wisely and effectively.” We anticipate that Becerra will be confirmed, as Democrats hold a slim majority in the Senate.

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