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Gibbs: HHS Secretary 'Possible' by Next Thursday

By Anne E. Kornblut
It is "entirely possible" that President Obama will pick a Secretary of Health and Human Services before convening a health care summit next Thursday, press secretary Robert Gibbs said on Friday.

Gibbs, speaking on Air Force One, said he still did not know whether the new HHS Secretary would hold two titles -- the agency one and that of health care czar -- as the previous nominee, former senate majority leader Thomas A. Daschle, was supposed to. But he did not knock down the notion that the new nominee could be announced in less than a week.

Posted at 6:01 PM ET on Feb 27, 2009  | Category:  Cabinet
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Marcia Angell, MD would make a great HHS Secretary. She is a physician, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, now Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Angell is highly respected and has worked hard for ethics and scientific integrity her entire career. In 1997, Time magazine named Marcia Angell one of the 25 most influential Americans.

She wrote the book, “The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It.” A few of her articles include:

• Industry-sponsored clinical research: a broken system. JAMA 2008.
• Excess in the pharmaceutical industry. CMAJ 2004
• Editorial policies on financial disclosure.(Comment)Nat Neurosci 2003
• America's other drug problem: how the drug industry distorts medicine and politics. New Repub 2002
• Medicine: the endangered patient-centered ethic. Hastings Cent Rep 1987

Marcia Angell, MD is eminently qualified, “clean” politically, and would bring ethics and integrity to the office of HHS Secretary.

Posted by: 4progress | February 28, 2009 1:01 AM

Governor Sebelius would a great choice for HHS Secretary. She's knowledgeable, respected, experienced, and about as bi-partisan as it gets. As the Democratic Governor of a deeply red state, Sebelius knows how to work with Republicans, and is respected by most from that party.

Posted by: 4progress | February 28, 2009 12:59 AM

It's simple. Obama doesn't care for Dean. End of story.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 27, 2009 8:57 PM

I don't quite understand why Howard Dean was not chosen at the very first round.

As a Physician and the VT Governor he has made commendable reform in health care in VT. And as DNC Chairman helped Obama win too. Like Obama, Dean, a fellow liberal, was also against the war in Iraq.

Maybe Dean is a bit more independent for the Obama crowd ?

Posted by: cantabb1 | February 27, 2009 8:40 PM

I'm hoping for Dean too. He may not have lot of charm but he's strong, effective and goal driven. We need that.

Posted by: ella1 | February 27, 2009 8:32 PM

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Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 4:40 PM

Posted by: JRM2 | February 27, 2009 7:37 PM

I just hope it's Gov. Howard Dean. Dean would be the perfect choice for a number of reasons:

- he’s an M.D. and had a private practice so understands the situation.
- he has pushed through healthcare reform in Vermont
- as DNC Chairman, he pushed through the 50 State Strategy despite the opposition of many (including Rahm Emanuelle).

Given the size of Obama's win in November and the number of seats the Dems picked up in both the House and Senate, Dean obviously made the right decision to push the 50 State strategy.

Obama has bent over backward to reach out to Republicans. Why not reach out to Howard Dean who has served this country so faithfully? His campaign was groundbreaking – and laid the groundwork for Obama's campaign - both in volunteers and fundraising. Would the Republicans favor Howard Dean as Secretary of HHS? Absolutely not – which to me shows that he is the right choice. Daschle, who made millions by being a pseudo-lobbyist, was supported by Republicans. Why? Because he has the backing of the HMOs and Kaisers Permanentes out there – they know he will NOT push for real healthcare reform.

Go Dean!

Posted by: UNLISTED | February 27, 2009 7:27 PM

We really shouldn't settle for anything short of a single payor system with no deductables. We don't trust the Fire Department or the Police Department to the private sector. I'm with the majority of health care workers as well as the majority of Americans, who know we shouldn't leave healthcare funding in the corrupt hands of the private sector predatory insurance executives who've proven they can't be trusted.

Posted by: rooster54 | February 27, 2009 6:46 PM

Will this one be vetted for taxes?

Posted by: JakeD | February 27, 2009 6:27 PM

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