WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama is moving forward with his ambitious plans to reform the country's health care system.
Obama issued an executive order Wednesday that establishes the White House Office of Health Reform.
The new office "will provide leadership to the executive branch in establishing policies, priorities, and objectives for the Federal Government's comprehensive effort to improve access to health care, the quality of such care, and the sustainability of the health care system," Obama decreed in the order.
Among other things, the office will also coordinate public outreach conducted by the Obama administration and work with state, local, and community policymakers.
The order also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to establish its own office of health reform to work closely with the new White House health reform operation.
The new White House office will be headed by former Clinton administration official Nancy-Ann DeParle.
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Obama's nominee to head HHS, is yet to be confirmed by the Senate.