Suggested Questions for Tom Daschle
Lawmakers get their first chance to question a Barack Obama appointee today as Secretary of Health and Human Services-designate Tom Daschle takes questions from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (The Senate Finance Committee will get to weigh in on Daschle's confirmation.)
Many of today's questions will likely focus on the proposed creation of a national health care system, but a few weeks ago the Government Accountability Office released a report with suggested questions for each of Obama's top picks that focus on managerial and procedural issues.
As the confirmation hearing process continues, The Eye will post some of the GAO's suggested questions for each cabinet secretary or top government appointee here in the blog. Your suggested questions should go in the comment section below.
GAO cited several areas of concern at HHS worthy of conversation, mostly about Medicare, Medicaid and overseeing the safety of the nation's patients, medical products and food. Here are some of the suggested questions (read all of them here):
• What unique knowledge, skills, and abilities would you bring to the department that would help you identify, negotiate, and implement measures to assure Medicare’s fiscal sustainability?
• Given the size and growth of Medicaid as well as the diversity in funding and coverage levels across states, reforming how the Medicaid program is financed is going to be quite complex. Can you describe what has prepared you to help lead a reexamination of how Medicaid is financed?
• What skills, knowledge, and abilities would you bring to the department to improve patient safety and care quality?
• FDA faces a great challenge in overseeing an enormous volume of promotional materials submitted by drug companies. Do you have any experiences that might illustrate your readiness to help FDA ensure that this growing volume of promotional material is not false or misleading?
• If you were to assume a position in the department, what would you do to encourage greater interest in joining the public health workforce?
• While many American children and families thrive, others live in poverty, increasing their risks for adverse outcomes, such as low educational attainment, poor health, and criminal activity. Would you discuss how your experience could be brought to bear in the department to ensure the effective and efficient operation of its programs to promote child well-being and economic independence for families?
| January 8, 2009; 11:36 AM ET
Categories: Agencies and Departments, Confirmation Hearings, Congress
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