HHS Will Be Shepherding Health Care Reform
Earlier this week, President-elect Obama announced former Senator Tom Daschle as his designated nominee for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. This Washington Post article discusses the dual role Daschle will serve not only as top administrator of the executive branch health care programs and services but also as the lead architect in the reform of the system as well. This is an enormous task, to say the very least. Yet it is one that the President-elect has identified as being a key element toward our economic recovery.
During the press conference Obama states, “Now, some may ask how, at this moment of economic challenge, we can afford to invest in reforming our health care system. Well, I ask a different question — I ask how we can afford not to.
Right now, small businesses across America are laying people off or shutting their doors for good because of rising health care costs. And some of the largest corporations in America — including major American car makers — are struggling to compete with foreign companies unburdened by these costs. Instead of investing in research and development, instead of expanding and creating new jobs, our companies are pouring more and more money into a health care system that is failing too many families.
So let’s be clear: if we want to overcome our economic challenges, we must also finally address our health care challenge.”