Biden’s Pick Of Becerra To Lead HHS Puts Focus On Affordable Care Act
California attorney general Xavier Becerra, who has lead the blue-state legal defense of Obamacare, is among the nominees for Biden's health care team announced on 7 December, including Rochelle Walensky for CDC director. Missing from the list, though, is a nominee for FDA commissioner or CMS administrator.
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