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Obama nominates Sebelius as Health secretary

per Reuters' report:

Sat Feb 28, 2009 5:42pm EST
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will nominate Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services, a U.S. official said on Saturday.

Sebelius has accepted Obama's offer and the president will formally announce the nomination on Monday afternoon at the White House, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Update: Firedoglake has same info, adds that Rahm's brother, Dr. Ezekial, may be up for Health Czar (WH position on healthcare).

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Submitted by Ga6th on

nothing for me. I don't dislike her but neither is she exciting.

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Submitted by caseyOR on

Zeke is very much opposed to single-payer health care. I consider it a very bad sign if he gets the WH health czar job. Even if he is not officially in the WH, I'd be worried about his influence on healthcare reform because he's Rahm's big brother.

I know Obama has not been very receptive to single-payer, but Zeke's appointment would really seal it.

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Submitted by koshembos on

know so much about a physician somewhere?

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Submitted by caseyOR on

he is not just a "physician somewhere." He is head of the Dept. of Bioethics at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health and a respected oncologist. He has published extensively; he wrote a book on health care reform in which he touts the idea of issuing vouchers for health care.

His plan for vouchers does nothing to solve the problem. It is just another way to prop up the health insurance blackhole.

Submitted by lambert on

They weren't lazy, and they did the research? Could that be it?

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Submitted by Salmo on

Long, long ago, I worked for Sebelius' father, Governor Gilligan of Ohio. He was fundamentally honest which made him quite unusual for an Ohio politician. I don't know much about her beyond that reported in the news, but on the usual assumptions about apples and trees, she could turn out to be one of Obama's better picks.