A Cloudy Forecast for Health Care Reform
By Ben Pershing
The weather outside is frightful, so it's the perfect morning to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and consider the prognosis for health care reform.
President Obama's official nomination of Kathleen Sebelius to be Health and Human Services Secretary today will give the president a full complement of Cabinet nominees for the first time since an hours-long stretch on Feb. 3, when Obama announced Judd Gregg was his pick for Commerce just before Tom Daschle withdrew from consideration for HHS.
What work awaits Sebelius? As Federal Eye points out, she faces tough managerial challenges at the FDA and administering Medicare. But the No. 1 priority for her -- and, arguably, for Obama's first term -- is comprehensive health care reform. The soon-to-be-former Kansas governor was unable to push through an increase in tobacco taxes to expand government health coverage back home, and now she will be working on an exponentially larger scale.
Posted at 8:20 AM ET on Mar 2, 2009
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