Sen. Cruz Notes Becerra's 'Only' Experience with Health Care

Posted: Feb 23, 2021 4:30 PM
Sen. Cruz Notes Becerra's 'Only' Experience with Health Care

Source: Al Drago/Pool via AP

There's plenty to complain about regarding President Biden's HHS secretary nominee, Xavier Becerra. He has a poor record on the right to life, and he has supported some radical health care policies.

Asked to analyze the nomination on Fox News, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) targeted Becerra's lack of experience and made an effective analogy in the process. 

"He's not a doctor, he has no scientific background, and he has no background in virology, he never worked in a pharmaceutical company," Cruz said of the HHS nominee. "He's got nothing to do with health care!"

"He's a trial lawyer," Cruz continued. "And his only experience, and his only experience, as far as I can tell, with health care is he sued the Little Sisters of the Poor."

"If a Republican nominated a trial lawyer to lead the Health and Human Services Department in the midst of a global pandemic, they'd be laughed out of the room."

Pro-life groups have blasted out warnings about Becerra these past few weeks.

“During his time in public office, Xavier Becerra has displayed a vindictiveness towards those who protect the unborn as well as a disregard for actual healthcare," said March for Life president Jeanne Mancini. "He has a record of using his position to aggressively attack pro-life institutions and individuals, and clearly has no qualms about wielding his political power to promote taxpayer-funded abortions on demand up until birth - something with which the majority of Americans disagree. Confirming this nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services will only further divide America. Americans deserve a well-qualified professional with real medical experience at the helm of HHS, not a puppet for big abortion.”  

National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, a non-profit that once sued Becerra after the California Department of Health tried to regulate pro-life pregnancy centers. 

“The nomination of Xavier Becerra to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services is a disgraceful attack on the pro-life values of millions of Americans," NIFLA Vice President of Legal Affairs Anne O’Connor said in a statement. "Becerra’s extensive track record of targeting pro-life centers and medical clinics – along with anyone that disagrees with his pro-abortion dogma – is evident for all to see. His appointment to HHS imperils pro-life pregnancy centers. These dedicated nonprofits provide more than $266,764,916 in free services annually to mothers, fathers, babies, and families nationwide. Failure to reject this nomination is a continuation of Becerra’s unconstitutional attacks on pregnancy centers in California and before the Supreme Court in NIFLA v. Becerra.” 

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Connor outlined 10 of Becerra's most radical statements over the course of his career. He had a hard time narrowing it down.