February 28th, 2009
05:59 PM ET
5 years ago

Officials: Sebelius to be Obama's pick for HHS

President Obama will announce Kanasas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as his pick for HHS, sources say.
President Obama will announce Kanasas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as his pick for HHS, sources say.

WASHINGTON (CNN) –President Barack Obama on Saturday asked Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to be his nominee for Health and Human Services secretary, according to two White House officials.

The officials told CNN that Obama is expected to make the announcement Monday afternoon. The officials asked not to be named because the announcement has not yet been made.


Filed under: Kathleen Sebelius • President Obama
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. jim carroll internetfreepress.com

    WHY IS THE NEWS MEDIA AFRAID TO ASK THIS QUESTION?
    Why does America need to borrow money from China in order to expand the money supply? Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution gives the Federal Government
    the right to create new money. Goods and services have real value. Money should be
    equal to the value of goods and services—not to a gold standard or anything else.

    February 28, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. Blair

    Has Rush been sharing his pills with her? This insipid woman is crazy.....

    February 28, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  3. just an observer

    I don't care who President Obama picks, someone is going to say or find fault with them.
    @bsmith Who are you friends with? Do you even have any friends? Do you know the meaning of friend? Just stop it, please. You do yourself a great disservice. Oh, btw, I know who you are.

    February 28, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  4. JR

    great pick.

    February 28, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  5. michael

    rush limbaugh is such a joke. he is wallowing in his new found feigned glory as the supposed spokesperson for the gop..what a laugh if we left our country to people like him God spare us..talk about radicals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  6. Steve

    It's really nauseating to read all the hate in this country. Do you people honestly think that our government has one care in this world about us! This entire mess is the fault of republican and democrat congressman and senators. They sold our futures to make a buck and now it is time we wake up as free american voters, and take back our country. I would like to call on every TRUE AMERICAN, to vote all these slime balls out in 2010. By getting rid of 1/3 of the congress and senate, we will send a strong message to them, that you work for us!!!! 2010 VOTE AGAINST ALL INCUMBENTS!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. chuck

    GOV. KATHLEEN SEBELIUS IS A TRUE AMERICAN AND A CHAMPION AMONG ALL GOVERNORS IN THE COUNTRY. I WISH HER WELL.

    February 28, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. simmy

    Gov. Sebelius was a state insurance commissioner for 8 yrs.; "helped expand cancer screening for residents", let residents "keep health ins. approximately 18 mos. after leaving their jobs, helped reduce cost of coverage for certain residents."

    That's impressive. She's familiar with the intricacies of the insurance industry. Sounds good to me. However, I think Dr. Howard Dean would have been a great choice also.

    February 28, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. Ryno

    Free Loader's .Com
    Your Goverment check's are waiting.
    Hope,Change, & Goverment Check's.

    February 28, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. in Canada

    Jim Carroll

    Please get yourself an education. If you would like an answer to your question, please see any article regarding Mugabe's empire. Honestly, this is information even a 6th grader would and should know. The printing of money devalues the money already on the street. And if you would like to change the economic realities of the entire world...well, good luck with that.

    February 28, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  11. Steve(the smart one)

    Sebelius will do a fine job.STEVE,did you pay your taxes or do you just live home with mom and dad and sponge off them?

    February 28, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  12. j in ks

    Great pick! KS will miss her!

    February 28, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  13. BH

    We are almost a socialist nation because of these people.
    What happened to cutting wasteful spending, pork, and the like...

    May God have mercy upon each one us us !!

    February 28, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  14. Susan, Albany, NY

    bsmith171:
    Have you ever been in a situation when you really need an abortion?
    I have been through that and mind it, nobody really loves to "kill" their babies. Its the circumstances which make them do it.

    February 28, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  15. Sicko

    The new HHS Secretary should prohibit all members of Congress opposed to universal health care from access to minimum health care. Let these SOBs rot in the ER until death and then fine their families $1000 to move their bodies to the incinerator. Better yet, send them to Iraq for medical treatment or to GITMO. Actually that too would be unfair because enemy combatants in GITMO have better health care than most Americans, who have zero health care, and zero job opportunities thanks to Bush and greedy bastard right-winger Republican'ts.

    February 28, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  16. Fan of Common Sense

    I hope she gets her RETROACTIVE back-taxes payment in before the announcement is made.

    February 28, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  17. pancho villa

    Has she paid her taxes ? Does Obama Care ?

    February 28, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  18. MARIA M, LOS ANGELES

    I THINK SHE IS OVERLY QUALIFIED FOR THE JOB, I SAW HER AS SECRETARY OF STATE OR VICE PRESIDENT. PROBABLY MY ONLY DISAPOINTMENT SO FAR FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA THAT HE DID NOT APPOINT HER SOONER TO HIS CABINET. AND TO A HIGHER POSITION, I LIKE THIS WOMAN, SHE GOT BALLS AND SHE'S GOT STYLE!

    February 28, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  19. arithmetic is liberal

    I just can't wait for more Dr. Tiller crap. Beat the drum, conservatives, beat the drum.

    You realize that they're distracting YOU, the single issue voter, right?
    You realize that they're trying to stall healthcare for YOU, don't you?

    Please tell me at least one among you is able to follow the bouncing ball enough to recognize that lobbyists are trying to delay or destroy healthcare reform?

    Did you know that the first person to benefit from healthcare would be YOU? Did you know that YOUR taxes wouldn't be affected in order to pay for this? Or the taxes of anyone YOU know or work for directly?

    But no, of course not. Because when it comes down to it, a single issue voter is a sucker, and is being used by people who don't care about abortion, aren't going to change abortion laws and patronize and essentially make light of your core beliefs.

    So keep beating the drum of Dr. Tiller. Keep drowning out reasonable debate with one single solitary issue. Roll the dice with your family's future, and risk bankrupcy every time you dare get sick.

    The lobbyists in Washington will be laughing all the way to the bank.

    February 28, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  20. Targar

    Great choice, President Obama!

    February 28, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  21. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Great Choice!

    Sorry, Kansas, we need her in Washington DC!

    February 28, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  22. Scott in Troy, MI

    Great pick. If you like people who embrace cuddly people like Tiller the Baby Killer.

    February 28, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  23. bernard

    well done to the new health sec i hope she does well , anythings gotta be better than the privitised health care syestem we run in america now , its all about makeing huge profits of of the back of sick people . and bye the way god help you if you cant afford health insurence becouse the health syestem in its current form wont . ask any person who lives in another free western country if they would swap their so called socialised medicine for our american health syestem and they will laough at you .oh an bye the way those countrys are not broke for paying for free health care nor are their doctors poor like the lies we get told here in america about unerversial health care . good luck kathleen .

    February 28, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  24. Darren D.

    Gov Sebelius, Congrats! U GO SISTER!

    February 28, 2009 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  25. TjayeInLA

    Great pick. She must be good...based on the nasty Republican comments.

    February 28, 2009 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
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