Raising Women’s Voices

Obama Nominates Kansas Gov. Sebelius to Head HHS

Posted in DC Reform by raisingwomensvoices on March 4, 2009

President Obama has pledged over $630 billion dollars towards Health Care Reform and he wants someone who “knows health care in and out”.  On Monday March 2nd, 2009, Obama nominated Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat Governor from Kansas, as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to replace former nominee Senator Tom Daschle, who withdrew his nomination a month ago. 

President Obama with HHS Nominee Sebelius
President Obama with HHS Nominee Sebelius

If confirmed by the Senate, Sebelius will have plenty of work ahead of her.  The HHS has over 67,000 employees , and includes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health.  

“Kathleen Sebelius embodies such a commitment to bipartisan accomplishment,” the president said. “She is, after all, the daughter of a Democratic governor and the daughter-in-law of a Republican congressman. But she’s forged a reputation for bipartisan problem-solving in her own right.”
In the nominee’s own words, “This isn’t a partisan challenge,” she continued. “It’s an American challenge and one that we can’t afford to ignore.”

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