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Nancy-Ann DeParle and Kathleen Sebelius Announced to Lead Obama Health Effort


President Obama introduces Nancy-Ann DeParle, center, his selection as director of the White House Office for Health Reform, as Kathleen Sebelius, governor of Kansas and nominee to be secretary of Health and Human Services, looks on. (Dennis Brack/Bloomberg News)

Update 1:50 p.m.
By Michael Fletcher
President Obama today named Nancy-Ann DeParle to be the director of the White House Office for Health Reform.

Obama named DeParle to the post during an East Room ceremony this afternoon, where he also formally named Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as his secretary of health and human services.

Together, Sebelius and DeParle will be charged with helping to craft and sell the administration's ambitious effort to revamp the nation's health care system to both extend access and rein in runaway costs. In his remarks, Obama reaffirmed his commitment to push ahead on the initiative, despite objections from some Republicans and others who say that it will be too costly, especially given the nation's other fiscal problems.

"I didn't come to Washington to take the easy route," he said, adding that health care reform poses a crucial fiscal challenge to the country. On Thursday, Obama is scheduled to host a White House summit on health care that is intended to bring together a wide range of constituencies -- from drug companies to doctor -- who have a large stake in reform.

"I share your passion and personal commitment to health care reform," Sebelius said to Obama after she was nominated. "We can't fix the economy without fixing health care."

Among those who flanked Obama during the ceremony were former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole (R) and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), symbolizing her reputation for working well across partisan lines.

But there were limits. As governor, Sebelius tried twice to dramatically expand access to health care in Kansas, but her efforts were largely thwarted by that state's Republican-led legislature. Still, she was able to lower prescription costs for many people in Kansas and extend coverage to tens of thousands of children from low-income families.

DeParle was previously commissioner of the Department of Human Services in Tennessee, and during the Clinton administration she oversaw Medicare and Medicaid as the administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration.

The critical health posts were filled after former Sen. Majority Leader Thomas A. Daschle withdrew from consideration for both jobs last month after acknowledging that he had failed to pay $128,000 in taxes until after he was nominated by Obama.

"If we are going to help families, save businesses, and improve the long-term economic health of our nation, we must realize that fixing what's wrong with our health care system is no longer just a moral imperative, but a fiscal imperative," Obama said. "Health care reform that reduces costs while expanding coverage is no longer just a dream we hope to achieve -- it's a necessity we have to achieve."

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wjfreeman:

No, according to kevinschmidt, only Republicans are guilty of that.

Posted by: JakeDelusional | March 2, 2009 9:16 PM

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Don't try to put words into my mouth JakeDelusional, when your own mouth has such a hard time speaking words that are rational, or believable.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | March 3, 2009 12:06 AM

WHO’S LOOKING AT THE COMPENSATION OF THE HEALTHCARE INSURANCE EXECUTIVES?

The health insurance companies have played a major role in our current healthcare crisis. They make huge profits and their CEOs make millions, while the rest of us are denied care.

ANNUAL COMPENSATION OF HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY EXECUTIVES (2006 and 2007 figures):

• Ronald A. Williams, Chair/ CEO, Aetna Inc., $23,045,834
• H. Edward Hanway, Chair/ CEO, Cigna Corp, $30.16 million
• David B. Snow, Jr, Chair/ CEO, Medco Health, $21.76 million
• Michael B. MCallister, CEO, Humana Inc, $20.06 million
• Stephen J. Hemsley, CEO, UnitedHealth Group, $13,164,529
• Angela F. Braly, President/ CEO, Wellpoint, $9,094,771
• Dale B. Wolf, CEO, Coventry Health Care, $20.86 million
• Jay M. Gellert, President/ CEO, Health Net, $16.65 million
• William C. Van Faasen, Chairman, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, $3 million plus $16.4 million in retirement benefits
• Charlie Baker, President/ CEO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, $1.5 million
• James Roosevelt, Jr., CEO, Tufts Associated Health Plans, $1.3 million
• Cleve L. Killingsworth, President/CEO Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, $3.6 million
• Raymond McCaskey, CEO, Health Care Service Corp (Blue Cross Blue Shield), $10.3 million
• Daniel P. McCartney, CEO, Healthcare Services Group, Inc, $ 1,061,513
• Daniel Loepp, CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $1,657,555
• Todd S. Farha, CEO, WellCare Health Plans, $5,270,825
• Michael F. Neidorff, CEO, Centene Corp, $8,750,751
• Daniel Loepp, CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $1,657,555
• Todd S. Farha, CEO, WellCare Health Plans, $5,270,825
• Michael F. Neidorff, CEO, Centene Corp, $8,750,751

This executive compensation could be used to provide quality healthcare for millions of Americans! We need to get the insurance companies and their lobbyists OUT of healthcare. NON-PROFIT, SINGLE-PAYER IS THE ONLY OPTION.

If you want to learn more, go to:
http://www.insurancecompanyrules.org/learn_more/the_roster/

Tell Max Baucus he must put single-payer reform on the table: http://www.change.org/ideas/294/view_action/sen_baucus_we_need_accurate_numbers_not_creative_figuring

Posted by: 4progress | March 2, 2009 11:26 PM

Health insurance companies make huge profits and their CEOs make millions, while the rest of us face skyrocketing healthcare costs, impossible bureaucracy, and life-threatening insurance denials.

HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY PROFITS IN 2007:
• UnitedHealth Group -- $ 4.654 BILLION. UnitedHealth Group owns Oxford, PacifiCare, IBA, AmeriChoice, Evercare, Ovations, MAMSI and Ingenix, a healthcare data company
• WellPoint -- $ 3.345 BILLION. Wellpoint owns BLUES across the US, including Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin, Empire HealthChoice Assurance, Healthy Alliance, and many others
• Aetna Inc. -- $ 1.831 BILLION
• CIGNA Corp -- $ 1.115 BILLION
• Humana Inc. -- $ 834 million
• Coventry Health Care -- $626 million. Coventry owns Altius, Carelink, Group Health Plan, HealthAmerica, OmniCare, WellPath, others
• Health Net -- $ 194 million

The huge insurance company profits—BILLIONS YEARLY—could provide quality healthcare for millions of people.

Get the insurance companies OUT of healthcare. The only solution is a NON-PROFIT SINGLE-PAYER HEALTHCARE SYSTEM – and the single payer should not be insurance companies.
The solution? The United States National Health Insurance Act, H.R. 676. You can read about it here: http://www.healthcare-now.org/hr-676/

Posted by: 4progress | March 2, 2009 11:21 PM

kevinschmidt:

No, because Ruth Bader Ginsberg hadn't died.

Posted by: JakeD | March 2, 2009 9:11 PM

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Your comments never make any sense, JakeD.

The Supreme Court still has a Conservative majority.

Face it, the Republicans approve of abortion just as much as the Democrats do, as evidenced by their refusal to outlaw abortion when Republicans had a majority in both houses of Congress between 2002-2006.

But the difference is, Democrats want women to have a choice, and they do. While Republicans cynically want to get more votes, which they don't.

Whatever the reason, the results are the same. Republicans support abortion just as much as Democrats.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | March 2, 2009 9:49 PM

wjfreeman:

No, according to kevinschmidt, only Republicans are guilty of that.

Posted by: JakeD | March 2, 2009 9:16 PM

kevinschmidt:

No, because Ruth Bader Ginsberg hadn't died.

Posted by: JakeD | March 2, 2009 9:11 PM

Obama is certainly making critical mistakes not the least of which is in his leadership choices for healthcare. He has chosen two lightweights, inadequate to the heavy lifting required for healthcare reform. The Daschle lost is immeasurable, but survivable. Why didn't he select Dr. Dean who clearly has the political skills and background needed? Could it be that Obama would rather continue petty disagreements?

Posted by: wjfreeman1 | March 2, 2009 9:10 PM

Having been bypassed for a cabinet post after leaving the DNC, former Gov. Howard Dean has chosen to pursue a multi-faceted career in health care advocacy, progressive political strategy, speeches, education and energy, and even election monitoring.

The Vermont Democrat, whose supporters were hoping to see him end up as Secretary of Health and Human Services, summed up his plans this way: "It is sort of outside government but doing the things that I want to do anyway."

Buoyed by the opportunity to tackle so many different projects, Dean nevertheless didn't hide the fact that his preference was to serve in the Obama administration. "I was pretty clear that I would have liked to have been Secretary of HHS but it is the president's choice and he decided to go in a different direction," he said. As for the person who got the HHS nod over him - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas - he said: "I think she will be very good."

Despite spending four years deep in the trenches of political warfare, Dean won't be winding down. he listed seven full-to-part-time gigs that he has lined up for the months and years ahead. Chief among them would be to renew his work with Democracy for America, the organization that he founded to build on the grassroots success of his presidential campaign.

In addition, Dean says he plans to work with foreign governments, specifically in Europe - where he is traveling this week - to advise progressive parties and interests. In France, he says, he will help groups looking to diversify their political coalitions. "They all want to take advantage of the Obama mania," he said. "They are wondering where their Obama is. So we are going to talk about diversity."

As for domestic politics, there won't be any individual consulting, at least in the near future. "Probably not," he said. "We will of course be doing stuff through Democracy for America. But I don't really plan to be a political consultant."

For Dean, who will be based in Vermont while traveling often to D.C., employment doesn't end there. The governor will work closely with the National Democratic Institute on topics such as spreading democracy and monitoring elections. He will serve as a Senior Strategic Advisor and Independent Consultant at the firm McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. He will also work on early childhood education with a pilot program in New York City.

President Obama is not proposing a new plan that the American people won't understand. What he is proposing is if you want what you have you can keep it. If you want to have private insurance you can. If you want to have Medicare you can have that too... there is no boogeyman in this plan."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/01/exclusive-dean-talks-abou_n_170874.html

Posted by: kevinschmidt | March 2, 2009 9:02 PM

The Republicans had complete control of D.C. between 2002-2006. So why didn't they pass a law to make abortion illegal when they had a four year long chance?

Because Republicans want to use abortion as a wedge issue so they can attract more Conservative voters to the polls on Election Day.

Obviously, another losing Republican strategy doesn't work. That's why they're the Republican Dodo Party of Extinction.

Republican Dodo politicians, cynically supporting abortion for personal gain. So the next time you hear someone rant about Democratic "baby killers" tell that someone about the Republican "baby killers" and their full support of abortion.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | March 2, 2009 8:45 PM

Kathy Sebelius is an extreme abortion supporter, promoting the killing of the baby while it is still in the mother's womb even into the 9th month. She also is a defender of the notorious late-term abortionist, George Tiller, who has a shop in Wichita, KS, where girls with late-term abortions fly in from all over the country.

Posted by: Phil6 | March 2, 2009 8:35 PM

Howard Dean is not going away. He will only become more powerful no matter how much Rahm Emanual trys to stop him. This is from an email I received from Dean this Monday Morning:

It is hard to believe it's been five years since we started Democracy for America.

When my campaign for President ended in 2004, the political pundits and talking heads said our movement was over. They said you'd give up, you'd walk away, and politics would never hear from you again.

They got it wrong.

Five years later, DFA is stronger than ever. We started with a solid 300,000 members. Today, we boast over a million.

We started our support for progressive candidates with the original Dean Dozen. Today, you've elected over 575 DFA-endorsed candidates to all levels of office, including our first Dean Dozen candidate Barack Obama and his campaign for U.S. Senate.

We've done a lot in five years, and we're just getting started. Stand with me again and deliver DFA the resources to win for another 50.

CLICK HERE TO CONTRIBUTE NOW

https://www.democracyforamerica.com/contribution_pages/99

Four years ago, thanks to your hard work, I was elected Chair of the Democratic National Committee. We continued to work together to reform the Democratic Party and fight for votes in all 50 States. Thanks to you I had the grassroots support needed to get the job done.

When we launched DFA, a core mission of mine was to train a new generation of citizen activists. Five years later, the DFA Campaign Academy and Night School have trained almost 20,000 activists and candidates nationwide in the skills to win and the results will pay off for years to come.

The DFA Community has held over 50,000 events from Juneau, Alaska to Wichita, Kansas, from Los Angeles to New York. Whether you participated in a candlelight vigil to end the war, delivered Social Security success stories to wavering members of Congress, or got together for a movie and phone banking night, your activism has changed the way Washington does business. They know we're watching. And they know we aren't going away.

That's why I'm returning to DFA and I have to admit, it'll be nice to work out of my old office in Burlington. I'll also be hitting the road with you, stumping for grassroots candidates and advocating for the issues that matter most to you and me. For one, I think you know that healthcare for all is an important issue to me. I look forward to working with you to pass meaningful reform that makes sure that every American has the care they need.

To do all this and more, I need your help today. Let's come together and make sure DFA has all the resources we need to accomplish another 50 years of victories.

CELEBRATE 5 YEARS OF SUCCESS BY POWERING DFA FOR THE NEXT 50: CONTRIBUTE $50 TODAY

https://www.democracyforamerica.com/contribution_pages/99

Posted by: kevinschmidt | March 2, 2009 8:35 PM

The person that posted "There can be no system of federal health care until Team Obama stops an ongoing "Silent Genocide" enabled by federal agencies..." is one sick cookie, and a donut short of a dozen.

Posted by: skolniks | March 2, 2009 8:19 PM

It's time radical right wing wackos stay out of a woman's body and stop trying to dictate her choices. Fundamentalists are dangerous no matter what flavor religion they come in.

Posted by: skolniks | March 2, 2009 8:17 PM

Contraception that affirmatively destroys an embryo is hardly pro-life.

Posted by: JakeD | March 2, 2009 7:51 PM

Governor Sebelius is a great choice as head of HHS. There are so many inefficiencies and fraud in our current healthcare system. Basic healthcare is mostly disfunctional for the vast population and barely affordable.

Add to this making abortions rare, safe and legal by making broad and cheap availability of both contraceptives and family planning education. This works and empowers women, families while being pro-life and pro-choice. What a thought. I'm thrilled by this move. Both the current administration and Governor Sebelius support this winning approach. All healthcare insurance policies should support contraceptives and family planning education as a basic service.

Posted by: lucy2008 | March 2, 2009 7:15 PM

Is there no one in The White House who can vet Health Care Policy Designers ... and identify expertise from somewhere other than the Board Rooms of major healthcare corporations?

Nancy Ann DeParle has earned hundreds of thousands in cash from her Board Memberships on a home health, hospital, medical instrument, and healthcare I.T. corporation.
http://people.forbes.com/profile/nancy-ann-deparle-j-d-/12920

She has been generous to Democratic politicians she will be working with on 'reform'. Pay-to-Play cannot be terminated if the players paid to play http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/contributions/nancy-ann-deparle.asp?cycle=08


Posted by: HCIHCMC1 | March 2, 2009 6:15 PM

vegasgirl1:

Please quote ONE of my posts with "venom".

Posted by: JakeD | March 2, 2009 5:37 PM

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Gee JakeD, you're so above the fray. After all your standard refrain of "he's not my president" is soooooooo constructive!

Btw, aren't you just tickled pink about Romney winning that little straw poll the other day? I really love how he was for abortion before he was against it. Can't wait to see all the fake Christians try to spin that one in 2012.

Posted by: htruman | March 2, 2009 5:53 PM

Hey LoonyLeft, did you hear the latest news? It sounds like Prez Obama is Hey LoonyLeft, did you hear the latest news? It sounds like Prez Obama is granting amnesty and full legal citizenship to the unicorns and leprechaun people.

And gosh darnit that biased liberal media isn't reporting it. POOOHHH! I'M MAD!!!

To protest this outrage I'm going to give myself a do it yourself lobotomy by watching 24 consecutive hours of Fux News!!

Posted by: htruman | March 2, 2009 5:45 PM

I simply cannot imagine that she is capable of taking on the Republicans, special interests and bot and paid for Democrats, but I respect her courage much more than I respect the powers arrayed against her.

My ONLY reservation is that when she and Obama succeed, Rush Limbaugh, fired from his $400,000,000 job because there aren't any Republicans left to listen to his anti-American spew, will be at the head of the line seeking free anti-obesity drugs and "pain" medication.
But, hey, rich, don't-need-it Republicans have already cheated the country out of taxes and an economy, so what's a few drugs?
Republicans -- the REAL reason for abortion.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | March 2, 2009 5:45 PM

Keep abortions safe, legal and rare. That's the law.

We'll stop more abortions with education and birth control then with disputed claims that an embryo is a person with full rights.

We've seen what happens when you let politicians use the abortion issue to elect Bush and his ilk. They leave the world a complete mess.

Posted by: thebobbob | March 2, 2009 5:41 PM

Maybe you missed it on your new supersecretencrypted Blackberry President Obama, but the progressive people who put you in office were calling for Howard Dean for HHS.

Thanks.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | March 2, 2009 2:46 PM

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Posted by: htruman | March 2, 2009 5:39 PM

vegasgirl1:

Please quote ONE of my posts with "venom".

Posted by: JakeD | March 2, 2009 5:37 PM

"Have they paid their taxes?"

How about you, poster? Little disappointed -- normally your posts are dripping with venom. Nice try, no prize for you.
And to LoonyLeft: Please get some help. You sound ridiculous. You do your movement no favors.
The only "Loony" is you, poster. Get a life.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | March 2, 2009 3:19 PM

There can be no system of federal health care until Team Obama stops an ongoing "Silent Genocide" enabled by federal agencies...

TO: PRES. OBAMA, VP BIDEN

cc: OBAMA CABINET; SPECIAL ATTENTION, ATTY. GEN. ERIC HOLDER/DOJ STAFF; HHS SEC. SEBELIUS; DOD SEC. GATES; DHS SEC. NAPOLITANO; TREAS. SEC. GEITHNER; DNI BLAIR; CIA DIR. PANETTA; S. SERVICE DIR. SULLIVAN (please forward)

We will continue to be "a nation of cowards" until the federal government stops enabling the TORTURE innocent but "targeted" citizens with microwave radiation weaponry in what is a horrific but silent "American Genocide."

WHY IS THE OBAMA JUSTICE DEPT. CONTINUING THE BUSH POLICY THAT PERMITS MICROWAVE RADIATION WEAPONRY TO BE USED AGAINST U.S. CITIZENS...

RADIATION WEAPONS DEPLOYED TO POLICE, SECURITY/INTEL AGENTS, AND TO 'COMMUNITY WATCH' VIGILANTES?

THESE ARE "WMD" AND SHOULD BE BANNED, NOT PROLIFERATED.

Victims have asked the FBI/Justice Department to launch a civil rights investigation, because local police appear to countenance these covert, federally-enabled crimes against humanity.

Victims have been told by federal and local authorities that "there is nothing we see to investigate."

AND THE ATTACKS CONTINUE. AS RECENTLY AS SUNDAY NIGHT IN BUCKS, COUNTY, PA., AT THE HOME OF A NATIONALLY-RECOGNIZED PRINT AND TV JOURNALIST, THE AUTHOR OF THE ARTICLES LINKED BELOW.


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TEAM OBAMA: WHAT DO YOUR BUSH HOLD-OVERS KNOW ABOUT THIS?

The ONGOING Bush/Cheney- initiated American social genocide via the "extrajudicial punishment network" :

• Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons assaults on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens;

• Terroristic vigilante community gang stalking, surreptitious home entry, police-tolerated vandalism;

• Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction."

MONDAY IS DAY 42 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU R*E*A*L*L*Y KNOW WHAT YOUR SECURITY MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATION CENTER 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 | March 2, 2009 3:11 PM

Maybe you missed it on your new supersecretencrypted Blackberry President Obama, but the progressive people who put you in office were calling for Howard Dean for HHS.

Thanks.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | March 2, 2009 2:46 PM

By now, the loony-left liberal media has leaned from the exposing of d-crat TAX CHEATS geithner, daschle, killifer and solis that they MUST NOT DISCLOSE THE TAX CHEATING FOR OTHER hussein cabinet choices in order to protect their marxist drug addict messiah

So don't expect to learn how much sebelius has cheated on her taxes from the bottom-feeder media.

BUT WE KNOW SHE DID IT!

Posted by: LoonyLeft | March 2, 2009 2:35 PM

What happened to the reference to DeParle's husband? Seriously, at this point, I'm just about ready to support taxpayer-funded abortions for anyone who is registered Democratic.

Posted by: JakeD | March 2, 2009 2:10 PM

I want to know exactly Obama and his administration plan to battle already existing widespread fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid.
If they can't reign in fraud and abuse now, it will only get much, much worse.
http://www.tampabay.com/news/world/article980100.ece

Posted by: morningglory51 | March 2, 2009 1:40 PM

Have they paid their taxes?

Posted by: JakeD | March 2, 2009 12:56 PM

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