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New HHS Sec will be Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas

by John Moore | March 01, 2009

sebeliusHitting all the major publications this morning is the annoucement that Obama has chosen and Sebelius has accepted the nomination to be next Sec. of HHS.  Best article we have found so far is from the Washington Post.

Our initial feelings about this nomination:

  • As former insurance commissioner in Kansas, she is intimately knowledgeable on payer issues and could be instrumental in payment reform.
  • Strong supporter of consumer rights, payers may face some tough times ahead.
  • Close to Obama, she’ll have his ear when needed.
  • Savvy politician, she knows how to work both sides of the aisle, at least in Kansas.  We’ll have to wait and see how transferable that skill is to the byzantine nature of the Hill.  This may make it even more critical for the future White House Healthcare Reform position to be filled by a DC insider.
  • She does not come across as visionary, more a pragmatist.  With the severe issues we faced in healthcare, not so sure a pragmatist is what we need right now.

Is good to see a choice has finally been made as there is so much happening right now in the healthcare sector.  Between the ARRA and the huge sums of $$$ heading into healthcare coupled with Obama’s proposed budget, released last week that encompasses major healthcare reform, there is much to be done that requires strong leadership and vision.  Looks like we may have the leadership.

As for the rest of the team for HHS, the In Vivo Blog (blog found today while researching Sebelius, has some interesting analysis)

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