CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama picked former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle for two important roles Thursday - secretary of Health and Human Services and director of the White House Office of Health Reform.
"He will be responsible not just for implementing our health care plan. He will also be the lead architect of that plan," Obama said, calling Daschle "one of America's foremost health care experts."
"If we want to overcome our economic challenges, we must also finally address our health care challenge," Obama said. Appearing at a press conference with Obama, Daschle said it is "so exciting" to take on the dual role not just to implement reform "but helping to generate it."
"We have the most expensive health care system in the world, but are not the healthiest nation in the world," Daschle said.
"Our growing costs are unsustainable, and the plight of the uninsured is unconscionable," he said.
"Addressing our health care challenges will not only mean healthier and longer lives for millions, it will also make American companies more competitive, address the cause of half of all of our personal bankruptcies and foreclosures and help pull our economy out of its current tailspin."
Another excellent choice by the brilliant Barack Obama!!
God bless you!
At least we won't have to worry about the UAW retirees who will continue to get the best coverage available for them and their families for life, all thanks to the American taxpayers who have to fight for and pay for their own coverage. Isn't this a great country?
My comment relates to the media reaction to the two appointments made today by President-Elect Obama. It appeared that something that will affect millions of Americans throughout the United States had to take a back seat to the corruption charges of the Illinois governor. I live in Illinois and, like most of the people in Illinois, I am appalled at the activities of the governor. However, I am almost as appalled by the disrespect given these two appointments as I am by the governor's disregard for the people of Illinois.
This is change! Putting in people who know what they are doing and are able to make it happen.....Not just a bunch of yes men who listen to themselves and the lobbyists.
Does this mean that when Ex-Sen. Tom Daschle takes office that his wife Former FAA Administrator Linda Daschle will have another top level U.S. Goverment job??
Will she be coming back to the FAA?
If she does, will she still use the same OLD picture of when she was in her early 30's on her announcement page.
I got so tired of looking at that, especially when the would use it on EVERY announcement and she was in her late 50.s!
Welcome back Tom...
Change we can believe in.... ROFLMAO
Sigh..... So much for change coming to Washington. Looks more like "Same You Can Believe In"
Tom Daschle is the best choice for this position. I was afraid that Hillary Clinton would end up with the job (her healthcare plan was just wrong).
So, congrats to Tom Daschle!
So 20+ years in DC doesn't make you an 'insider'..? Go figure......
Change? I don't think so. Another borken promise and he hasn't even taken the oath of office yet.
Health care issues are easy to fix: (1) Put all government employees on health care system of the rest of the nation (2) separate health insurance from employment – they're not related and the pairing only creates insurance loss issues during job losses (3) allow plans to sell nationally (4) return to the 'major medical' plans of yester-year which is what insurance was intended to be.
NOTE: Insurance is NOT a right – it's a benefit that one pays for. Lack of insurance is NOT unconscionable – human abuse IS as. What IS unconsionable is that people who are struggling to pay their own bills are also stuck with the health care bills of illegals who bestow upon us their ills.
As a non-American, I wish the new administration all the best luck in implementing a good health care plan for the citizens. The stories I've been reading over the past couple of months – having to choose between health care and bankruptcy in such a rich, modern, developed nation as the USA – are heart-wrenching.
So 20+ years in DC doesn't make you an 'insider'..? Go figure......
Change? I don't think so. Another broken promise and he hasn't even taken the oath of office yet.
...another great pick. I'm glad cnn.com posted this, because ABC news cut off the part of the press conference that covered this and only aired the part that covered that idiot governor. Health care reform is MUCH more important to me and to the survival of our country.
Another fine appointment, President elect Obama.
Hurry up and get in office already!! Gosh, it seems like forever until Obama can become president...I can't wait until Jan!
Hurry up and get in office already!! Gosh, it seems like forever until Obama can be come president...I can't wait until Jan.!
Oh,I would think those two positions will not only leave Daschle no time to himself,he'll probably be found walking around Washington babbling incoherently to anyone that will listen.Comprehensive health
care to the degree that is needed is not going to implemented with the wave of a magic wand.
God Bless and protect our wonderful new President!
I had to withdraw my 401k because I had to have emergency surgery.
I literally waited until I had no other option before making the decision.
Thank you for your appointment. I am encouraged. I am also unemployed and am hopeful. Thank you for no losing focus on the American people. I campaigned for you Mr. Obama and I believe in you and I am praying for you and I am praying for all of the other Americans who may be experiencing what I am. I am still hopeful, although there are days when I am also tearful.
One more "change" for Washington-a washed up, hateful insider who will just use up tax dollars for nothing!
And by the time the Dems are done, we'll have the worst health care in the world run by the nanny state. The Dems are going to put doctors out of business and ensure that there aren't enough specialists to help out people who need them. All of medicne will become one big welfare pot paid for by more and more of our taxes.
Of course Daschle has to be the lead architect- Obama has no idea what he's doing!
That said, what exactly makes Daschle "one of America's foremost health care experts"?
Even though our health care system overhaul is complex and difficult, the understanding that it connects with our economy is the very first step in the right direction. Thanks to the Obama team who made this possible instead of using excuse of our present troubled economy to delay further.
It is the "change we can believe," with all the old-timer Washington insiders working for, or advising, Obama? Another Jimmy Carter, all over again?? What do we expect, when a commander-in-chief has no experience, records or goverment-acheivements, of his own, and he has to rely on Bush's Secretary of Defense???