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Concordia University School of Law

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Who will be Secretary of HHS?

The Wall Street Journal's Health blog provides a helpful list of those individuals who may be considered as contenders for Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Sarah Rubenstein writes,

It appears a number of governors are in the mix, since governors have oversight of state Medicaid programs and therefore have health-care experience. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas is one possibility, NYT says. Others are Govs. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania and Jennifer Granholm of Michigan and former Gov. John Kitzhaber of Oregon, the paper reports. . . .

It also appears that whoever is the next HHS secretary won’t lead the new health-reform office that Daschle was also slated to oversee. Jeanne Lambrew, who co-authored Daschle’s book on health reform and was slated to be the office’s deputy director, might get the nod for the job. The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn writes that from what he’s heard Lambrew has been doing much of the job anyway.

Don’t count out Howard Dean, another former governor who was one of three names for HHS we heard about back in November before Daschle got tapped. As governor of Vermont, Dean, an MD, took a crack at health reform too.

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