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Former Maryland man confirmed to lead U.S. health department

Former Maryland man confirmed to lead U.S. health department

The Senate voted largely along party lines Wednesday to confirm a former Marylander as President Donald J. Trump’s head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Alex Azar, an Indianapolis man who grew up in Salisbury, will succeed Tom Price, a former congressman from Georgia who resigned last year following his use of private jets.

The Senate voted 55-43 to confirm Azar.

Azar, an outspoken critic of Obamacare, will take over the department at a time when the Trump administration has successfully unwound portions of the Affordable Care Act — including a requirement that everyone carry some form of insurance or face a tax penalty.

That effort, however,...

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