The New Health Care Team


From the White House:

Today, President Barack Obama officially nominated Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services. In this role, Sebelius will oversee a department with wide-ranging responsibilities essential to the American people, including the implementation of the President’s vision for health care. As Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sebelius will work with Democrats and Republicans alike to cut costs, expand access, and improve the quality of health care for all Americans.

Nancy-Ann DeParle, one of the nation’s leading experts on health care and regulatory issues, will serve as Counselor to the President and Director of the White House Office for Health Reform. As commissioner of the Department of Human Services in Tennessee, she saw firsthand the health care system’s impact on workers and families. In the Clinton Administration, DeParle handled budget matters for federal health care programs, and took on the tremendous task of managing Medicare and Medicaid.

The Sebelius concept has been widely discussed, DeParle less so. She has experience in the private sector as well as in a range of public sector positions. She’s also married to Jason DeParle, author of the excellent American Dream. I think the exact nature of the WHOHR role remains something of a work in progress, since the idea was initially conceived with Tom Daschle in mind and DeParle brings a different set of skills to the job.