Top advisers to President Obama are telling the New York Times that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS) — the former insurance commissioner and two-term blue governor from a red state with a knack for bipartisanship — is Obama’s top choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services:
It remained unclear whether the White House would finish vetting Ms. Sebelius in time to nominate her by next week. Advisers described her as “the leading candidate,” although they said other names were still in discussion and emphasized that no final decision had been made.
The Wonk Room reviews Sebelius’ record on health care and concludes “her ability to reach health policy decisions by soliciting the views of a broad spectrum of stakeholders suggests that she’ll be an important player in promoting Obama’s health reform agenda and a strong consensus builder.”