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Daschle Tapped for HHS Secretary

The Caucus, the New York Times Political Blog, reports that senior Obama aides have said that Mr. Obama offered the nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Services to Tom Daschle of South Dakota, the former Democratic Senate leader, and that Mr. Daschle has accepted.

Mr. Daschle was an early supporter of Senator Obama. Earlier this year, Mr. Daschle published a well-recieved book called Critical: What We Can Do About The Health Care Crisis.

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I have Daschle’s new 206 page book “Critical” and I have read it carefully in all my free time. Under the heading Options for Coverage, he writes ” The key question for any health-care reform plan is ‘How will it cover people?’ Most of the world’s highest ranking healthcare systems employ some kind of a ‘single payer’ strategy…that is, the government, directly or through insurer’s, is responsible for paying doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers. Supporters say single payer is brilliantly simple, ensures equity by providing all people with the same benefits, and saves billions of dollars by creating economies… Read more »

Diane Vlassis
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Diane Vlassis

Daschle is not a good candidate for Health and Human Services Secretary, and I question whether his background has been thoroughly investigated. In 1994 and 1995 the Senator and his wife, who was second in command of the FAA, came under scrutiny for their possible role in protecting B& L Aviation of Rapid City, South Dakota (B&L) from sanctions due to safety violations found by the U.S. Forest Service. In February 24, 1994, 3 Indian Health Service physicians were killed when their chartered B&L plane crashed in Minot, N.D. The pilot was cited for gross negligence. Please refer to the… Read more »

Gary Levin MD
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Any input from the AMA or physician’s organizations?
Or do we just sit on the sidelines and let everyone else make the decisions?

Greg Pawelski
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Greg Pawelski

Since 2007, Daschle has been an advisor to the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP. Although Daschle is not a registered lobbyist, his firm was paid $5.8 million between January and September to represent companies and associations before Congress and the executive branch, with 60% of that money coming from the health industry. Alston’s clients include HealthSouth Corp., CVS Caremark Corp., and the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, a coalition of nursing homes. This worries me when it comes to the Nursing Home Transparency and Quality of Care Improvement Act that is now before Congress. Another familiar name… Read more »

Brian Klepper
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I believe this is a solid nomination, by someone with a sound understanding of a very wide range of the issues, as well as a keen familiarity with Congressional processes. Whether or not he can get meaningful health care reforms through, Mr. Daschle will have the ability to move HHS forward on issues ranging from performance/pricing transparency, reimbursements tied to outcomes, establishing an interoperable national health care infrastructure, establishment of a national comparative effectiveness institute that can drive best practices, establishment of a national health care technology assessment center, and many other important, sorely-needed functions. To me, it will be… Read more »

MG
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MG

Couple of wildcards that have to be played out: 1. Senate races in Georgia and Minnesota still are being recounted and likely the Coleman/Franken race will head to courts because their are things that stink in that race. If Democrats win both races, they have the 60 seats in the Senate and the filibuster threat from the Republicans becomes dull and void. Basically they are reduced to spectator status an important healthcare bill if it comes to that. Only wildcard is what Lieberman would do then. 2. “Lion in Winter” – Return of Ted Kennedy to the Senate and I… Read more »

curious, healthcare unsavvy
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curious, healthcare unsavvy

So what does this mean for healthcare?