Raising Women’s Voices

Tom Daschle still in the conversation

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on May 22, 2009

After withdrawing his nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Obama Administration in February due to recently uncovered tax evasion, Tom Daschle continues to be an influential voice in the health care reform debate on Capitol Hill. The former Democratic Senator and Senate majority leader from South Dakota served in Congress for 26 years and now works for Alston & Bird, a law firm that lobbies for health companies (CVS Caremark and others). Daschle is doing a speech circuit, writing opinion columns, and is meeting with congress people in private to weigh in on the health care reform conversation. As with any unchecked influence in Washington, there is concern…

“Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said the arrangement raises questions about what Daschle is advocating and who he represents in the closed-door meetings with members of Congress. “It’s like being a senator or being in the administration without having any of the restrictions,” she said.”

Daschle has made it clear that he supports a competitive public health care insurance option. Read more.

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