Mar 2, 2009
President Obama made it official today: Democratic Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is his pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Sebelius, 60, has been governor since 2002. For eight years prior to that, she served as her state's insurance commissioner, winning kudos for blocking an insurance company merger that she said would have raised health premiums for consumers.
"Kathleen Sebelius has a remarkable intellect, unquestioned integrity, and the kind of pragmatic wisdom you’ll tend to find in a Kansan," Obama said in announcing the appointment. "I know she will bring some much-needed grace and good humor to Washington, and she will be a tremendous asset to my cabinet."
Feb 19, 2009
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, whose name was mentioned as a possible choice to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) soon after Pres. Barack Obama was elected, may take the helm there after all. The Democrat, an early supporter of Obama, is said to be his top pick for the post now that his original selection, Tom Daschle, is out of the picture following a tax controversy.
Sebelius, her state’s former health commissioner, has emerged as the frontrunner, unidentified White House officials tell today’s New York Times. The Politico reports that she’s “a leading candidate” for the job – a characterization similar to one the Associated Press made earlier this month, when it said she was “near the top” of Obama’s list.
Jan 13, 2009 | 3
President-elect Barack Obama today named a tobacco-control advocate deputy health chief and is reportedly poised to tap his campaign tech advisor to head the Federal Communications Commission.
Pending the Senate's nod, William Corr, executive director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, will become former Sen. Tom Daschle's No. 2 at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Corr, a health adviser on the Obama transition team, was Daschle’s chief counsel and policy director from 1998 to 2000, when the South Dakota Democrat served as Senate minority leader. Corr also served as chief of staff for Clinton administration HHS secretary Donna Shalala.
“Reforming our health care system will be a top priority of my administration and key to putting our economy back on track,” Obama said today in announcing the pick “Under the leadership of Tom Daschle and Bill Corr, I am confident that my Department of Health and Human Services will bring people together to reach consensus on how to move forward with health care reform.”
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