March 2nd, 2009
11:15 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama to name ‘health care czar’ this afternoon

 Administration officials say President Obama is expected to name Nancy Ann Min DeParle as his new director of the White House office on health reform this afternoon.
Administration officials say President Obama is expected to name Nancy Ann Min DeParle as his new director of the White House office on health reform this afternoon.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Administration officials say President Obama is expected to name Nancy Ann Min DeParle as his new director of the White House office on health reform this afternoon. The announcement is expected to come at the same East Room event where the president will name Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

DeParle's position, also referred to as White House health care czar, was initially to be filled by Obama's first HHS pick, former Senator Tom Daschle. DeParle would work with Sebelius as the President's point person to coordinate the administration's outreach to Congress regarding health care reform. It is not a cabinet position, but considered a key post.

Daschle was to hold both positions as someone who had health care expertise, and a former Senate Majority Leader with the Washington know-how to maneuver Obama's ambitious health care agenda through Congress, before tax problems derailed his nomination and he withdrew.

DeParle is a managing director at CCMO Capital, a private-equity firm. She is a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (medPAC), a group that advises Congress on Medicare payment and policy issues. She previously served a top health official in the Clinton administration. 

Obama administration officials say the health care czar position will be similar to the role Hillary Clinton played when, as First Lady, she attempted to overhaul the nation’s health care system.


Filed under: Kathleen Sebelius • President Obama
soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Dems be dopes

    Another Gov't job created, another 3,999,999 to go...

    Change you can believe in!

    March 2, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Robert

    Why do we need a Czar for everything? I thought this was why we have Cabinet Secretaries?

    March 2, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. april

    This must be part of Obama's plan to put people back to work, give them all czar positions, it's starting to look a little top heavy at the Whitehouse. It gives me the impression of a shadow government, that only answers to the president and his croonies, not to Congress ,or the American people. Makes Obama look incompetant since he needs all these underlings to do the job.

    March 2, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. maria loredo

    Wouldn’t it just be best to give every citizen and might as well every illegal 1,000,000 each. I can definately stimulate the economy.

    Market is down 211 points thanks to the “CHANGE” offered by our Appeaser in Chief,Obama Pork Laden.

    For freedom to exist we need good morals to be present!!! Something the democrats dont have. That’s why the United States is on the road to failure.

    March 2, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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