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Concordia University School of Law

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sebelius Wins Approval from Senate Committee

Governor Kathleen Sebelius won Senate Finance Committee approval and a vote on her appointment as Secretary of Health and Human Services could be soon.   It is about time as President Obama had his first Cabinet meeting yesterday.  According to an Associated Press story, 

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., the Finance Committee chairman, said he would "push for immediate action by the full Senate so that she can finally roll up her sleeves and get down to helping out on this critical work of reforming the health care system." The committee vote came after several Republicans voiced concerns in recent days about Sebelius' ties to Dr. George Tiller, a late-term abortion doctor who is under investigation by the Kansas medical board. The GOP also questioned her commitment to ensuring that the government doesn't try to interfere with the doctor-patient relationship. . . .

Sebelius had offered assurances that she believed it was the job of doctors, not the government, to prescribe care. That wasn't enough for some GOP lawmakers worried that the Obama administration's plans to overhaul the nation's costly health care system could move the country toward a government-operated health care system. . . .

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