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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  | Category:  Cabinet
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It's disheartening and a bad sign for the Obama White House that Howard Dean is not (apparently) being considered for HHS. The value of the man seems so clear:

(Former) Doctor,
Brought health care access to the kids in his state while governor
Reformer, with executive ability
Game changer, as someone who revolutionized a political party

I hope Obama and his Chief of Staff let a little light in to the critically-important responsibility of reforming health care delivery in this country. Not that many people are capable of it. Dean is.


Posted by: rosiefthim | February 20, 2009 11:21 PM

It's disheartening and a bad sign for the Obama White House that Howard Dean is not (apparently) being considered for HHS. The value of the man seems so clear:

(Former) Doctor,
Brought health care access to the kids in his state while governor
Reformer, with executive ability
Game changer, as someone who revolutionized a political party

I hope Obama and his Chief of Staff let a little light in to the critically-important responsibility of reforming health care delivery in this country. Not that many people are capable of it. Dean is.


Posted by: rosiefthim | February 20, 2009 11:20 PM

I have written plenty recommending Dr. Dean for HHS. I am about to throw in the towel, and your remarks and his remarks soften the pain of the blow dealt to American Health by ignoring Dr. Dean. I know he will rise to the top because of his integrity and his own intelligence and it is the Nation’s loss more than it is his loss.

I have been fighting enormous battles of consumer protection, all involving ghastly chemicals the FDA still approves of, in both the Hawaii and the New Mexico Legislature. It is unspeakable stupid that this chemical is still allowed on the market, when FDA and every 11th grade chemist can look at the molecule and see that it is metabolized as methanol and formaldehyde, so how could it not have neurodegenerative properties?

To have an M.D. as Secretary of Health and Human Services has only made sense to one President thus far: Ronald Reagan, who appointed Dr. Bowen, former Governor of Indiana, to his Cabinet. Far as I know, he did not do a lot of good, nor did he do any bad, that I can find…..nothing compared to Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes approving Aspartame, but to read that whole story, just google and read this:

"Rumsfeld's Bioweapon Legacy"

so I won’t repeat the sordid story again here.

My point is that having an M.D., especially the genius of Dr. Dean who is a
graduate of the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, would make real consumer
protection possible, and would also make Obama’s Change and Reform believable. This job and the FDA were my litmus test for Obama Presidency, and I am putting that in the past tense, now....

And what is so ridiculous is that Dean’s 50 state strategy had a large hand in Obama’s Victory, and as Dr. Dean so aptly summed it up: he did it for the country not for the spoils of victory.

Here are two of my articles on Howard Dean for HHS:

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Vermont-Senator-Bernie-San-by-Silla-Brush-090209-701.html

and

http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-United-States-Needs-Dr-by-Stephen-Fox-
090203-382.html

Please take the time to email both President Obama and VP Biden in support
of Dr. Dean at HHS; I believe the very future of American Health and Illness
Prevention is at stake; I welcome your insights and ideas. Stay tuned. A lot can happen in 4 years….

Thank You!
Stephen Fox, Political and Consumer Editor, New Mexico Sun News
stephen@santafefineart.com

Posted by: stephen6 | February 20, 2009 3:47 PM

How about a tough state attorney general for Secretary of Health and Human Services? This choice would be different than the usual suspects, but offers the public a proven watchdog - not industry insider - whose mission is consumer protection and fighting fraud. Our AG in MN, Lori Swanson, who has no idea I'm sending this, got all hospitals to voluntarily stop gouging the uninsured, based on their mission as non-profit organizations. She has staff who work on stopping fraud in public programs like Medicaid (Medical Assistance in MN). Attorneys General are no friend of the insurance industry that is at the heart of our health care mess. That's what the public wants to see at the head of the nation's health care system: a proven consumer watchdog, not lap dog.

Posted by: ERNurse | February 20, 2009 12:03 PM

NotBubba:

My "point" is that you are a paid troll parroting the lame psy ops "take your meds" meme.

I do hope the DNI reads this.

Because your post is NOT "statecraft."

Have a nice day.

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 20, 2009 11:58 AM

scrivener50, the "home" called. Your meds are ready. Please go back and what is your point?

Siebelius can better service Kansas and this country by running for the Senate next year. She has a good chance of pickin up a "red" seat.

Once gain, get Howard Dean on the phone, get him into HHS whether "Rahmbo" likes it or not. Oh, and by the way, silence is "golden" on the Burris issue. Reid flubbed it as they shouldn't have seated him. Does he get a pension for 30 days service?

Posted by: NotBubba | February 20, 2009 8:16 AM

Team Obama: Our Constitution needs a Code Blue intervention -- now -- before the rule of law succumbs to some bad social medicine...

ONGOING 'EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK'
TORTURES INNOCENT BUT TARGETED AMERICANS...

...WITH DOJ-APPROVED RADIATION WEAPONS AND GOV'T-SUPPORTED COMMUNITY GANG STALKING.

WHEN WILL BARACK OBAMA AND ERIC HOLDER RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW IN BUCKS COUNTY, PA, PHILA., NYC, D.C. AND ALL ACROSS AMERICA?

An IMMEDIATE series of executive orders banning the Bush-Cheney "extrajudicial punishment vigilante network"...

...and its coordinated array of "programs of personal destruction"...

...could dismantle this American Gestapo -- and stop the persecution of untold thousands of unconstitutionally "targeted" U.S. citizens and their families...

...a methodical social genocide that surely has contributed to the mortgage meltdown that spawned the global financial crisis.

The "Truth Commission" can wait.

First, President Obama and Atty. Gen. Holder, end the crimes against humanity and the unconstitutional abuses of power.

IT IS DAY 32 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU R*E*A*L*L*Y KNOW WHAT YOUR SECURITY MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATION NETWORK IS UP TO?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):
http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 20, 2009 2:03 AM

Kathleen Sebelius wold be a difficult pick at this time as her husband is currently struggling to overcome alcoholism.

Posted by: Phil6 | February 19, 2009 10:36 PM

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