Obama’s pick for Secretary of Health: Tom Daschle

This just in from Helene Cooper at the NYTimes:

­President-elect Barack Obama has offered the nomination of Secretary of Health and Human Services to Tom Daschle of South Dakota, the former Democratic Senate leader who was an early supporter of Mr. Obama’s run for the presidency.

Democratic officials said that Mr. Daschle has accepted the nomination. But they said that a formal announcement won’t be made until Mr. Obama first settles on his national security and economic teams, and no job offers have been extended in those areas.

I will definitely be doing some more reading about what this might mean as the news gets more widely posted, but it sounds like this could be a very good thing for those concerned with inequitable access to health care in the United States:

Mr. Daschle’s book about health policy ­“Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis” came out in February. In it he proposes creating a Federal Health Board, similar to the Federal Reserve System, and the merging of employers’ plans, Medicaid and Medicare with an expanded federal employee health benefits program that would provide universal coverage.

That’s all I’ve got for now, but I’ll be back soon, hopefully with more details on this appointment.

>> Read more: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/19/daschle-takes-human-services-cabinet-post/?hp

 

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~ by h.e.g. on November 19, 2008.

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