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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Daschle to HHS

News sources are reporting that former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has been tapped as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. ThinkProgress reports that this is a good sign for those interested in dramatic health reform. They state,

Tomdaschletwn Earlier this year, during an address at the Families USA Action Conference, Daschle concurred with the need to ‘think big’ on reform:

Incremental change in our system is no longer a viable option. Instead we need comprehensive reform. In growing numbers the American people are demanding that we do something. Our goal should be to build what current and retired members of Congress have today, and make that available for all Americans.

Daschle is a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Center for American Progress and is the author of Critical: What We Can Do About the American Health-Care Crisis. . . . .

Here are Ezra Klein's thoughts about this appointment.  He concurs that this appointment shows President-elect Obama's determination to reform our health care system.

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