December 11th, 2008
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Daschle is Obama's pick for health care point man

Obama announced the pick of Daschle Thursday.

Obama announced the pick of Daschle Thursday.

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."

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  1. Mike in Texas

    Oh, I get it. The cause of the current economic crises, according to Daschle, is that it is flu season.

    December 11, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. karen

    Grear choice- a real gentleman.

    December 11, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. karen

    Great choice- a real gentleman.

    December 11, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. richard

    I'll pay for my own health care, and the goverment can stay out of my life.

    December 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Sweetie


    Who knew we could solve all our problems by addressing our health care challenges!

    Can't wait to see the results!

    December 11, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Good man for the job!

    December 11, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. PA politico

    Change we can belive in huh? Isn't this guy ANOTHER Washington insider and lobbyist for Health Care Companies now?!?! Do the research folks, ask the tough questions, and get the real answers.

    December 11, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. No Hillary = No Obama

    This is all OBama bunk. Health and Human Services needs to be run by somebody who has devoted their life to health and human services. Not some political patronage and Beltway beneficiary.

    December 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. facts are facts

    The GOP and health insurers have managed for many years to keep the U.S. public in the dark about health care and the benefits of everyone being insured.

    Unfortunately a country as large as the U.S. not having free universal health care for everyone is an obscenitity as it is just the most basic right of everyone being able to be as healthy as possible and live as long as is possible.

    December 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. whutup

    what happened to the promise of no lobbiest?
    wasn't Daschle and his wife lobbiest

    December 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Joseph Adewole

    He's a nice and wise choice.

    December 11, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. anonymous in Big D

    Well, isn't that a stupid choice! That man is an absolute idiot. Why do you think he's out of the political circle? Duh! Another brilliant choice by the chosen one. Can't wait to see the Chicago thuggery in action come January – and it will act!

    December 11, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |

    And at 5'8 170 Ibs TOOOMMM DASCHLE!!!! TEAM OBAMA.

    December 11, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Dr. Stoner

    Has Dashel given up his board seat on ADM corp. they are going heavy into the ethenal fuel business and he is there pushing their agenda. I see a conflict of interest can this be pursued by the press. Oh, I forgot the media is inbedded with the Obama, campain so its ok for conflicts of interests for Democrats only Republicans have to worry about the press.

    December 11, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. Want Change

    Is it the real change we can believe, with all the old-timer Washington insiders, since Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton?

    December 11, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. Maggie

    Good man for the job- another excellent pick by our new Pres. Obama

    December 11, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. whutup

    Just another scam

    December 11, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. Phil in KC

    Hooray for Daschle! I hope he's the guy that can get it done.
    Look at infant mortality rates. The US rates are nowhere near the lowest (same as Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Malta). In fact, there are at least 26 countries better than us (including Slovenia, Estonia and Lithuania – former communist block countries). Look at those countries and you'll find that most have some sort of "socialized" health care.
    Now look at those countries and the amount of their earnings that go to health care, either directly or via taxes. They pay less than we do.
    Facts don't lie. Something needs to be done.

    December 11, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. Truth Hurts

    Obama said that lobbyist behavior would be cleaned up. He never said that a lobbiest would not be part of his team. I think some people either like to spin what Obama says or have selective memory!!

    December 11, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Paul from Phoenix

    Daschle's wife is one of the top lobbyists for the Health Care industry. Obama says, "(Daschle) will also be the lead architect of (the health care) plan."

    This is an amazingly blatant case of conflict of interest. DO people really think his lobbyist wife will have no influence on this bill? This is as blatant as Cheney/Haliburton.

    After so many good selections, this is an awful selection. Horribly awful.

    December 11, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. Willy Brown


    December 11, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Ted:Canada

    Cut the crap!

    Fix your health system it will make your employers more competive world wide and will help all your people.

    Check ou Canada's system amd cut out all the crap about what works and what doesn't

    You Nay-sayers – likely work for Insurance companies!

    December 11, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. aware


    At the rate things are deteriorating PEBO will be hated b4 he is president! 🙂

    December 11, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. cat

    Finally, get something done with our health care..It breaks my heart when people die because of something that could of been caught in time or cured...I hope the health care plan covers dental also.
    Affordable health and dental care...Hope it is not just a dream...and please don't start it and not finish it...Get er done.

    December 11, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. NY republican

    Ted:Canada – I work in a hospital in the U.S. near the border with Canada and I wonder, if your system is so good, why do we have almost as many Canadian patients as Amercian patients?

    December 11, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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