DeParle, Lew Under Consideration for Top Health Jobs
By Ceci Connolly and Al Kamen
The Obama White House continues to work on finding a replacement for Tom Daschle as secretary of Health and Human Services. The leading contender remains Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D), who seems somewhat hesitant about making the move to Washington.
Vetters are working on "contingency plans" in case that option doesn't work.
Also under consideration for the HHS job: Nancy-Ann DeParle, former administrator of the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid and before that at the Office of Management and Budget; and Jack Lew, who has been confirmed as deputy secretary of state for management. Lew had worked on health care reform in the Clinton administration.
There is a growing view that it may take two people to handle the twin roles Daschle had negotiated of a West Wing office in addition to the Cabinet spot.
Posted at 6:50 PM ET on Feb 19, 2009
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