April 8th, 2009
03:34 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama sets up White House Office of Health Reform

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/08/art.2bodeparle0408.gi.jpg caption="Nancy-Ann DeParle will run President Obama's new Office of Health Reform."]
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.

Read: Obama creates WH health reform office

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.

Filed under: Health care • Obama administration
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    I love the way Obama picks people and delegates the responsiblities. His strategy is one of engagement and a search for the best minds to present an array of options.

    When did you ever hear the phrase "outreach" under W's reign?

    April 8, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Rick

    Barry must have found out that I still had a couple of nickels left in my pocket so he came up with a way to spend those, too.

    April 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. southerncousin

    Isn't this actually "The Office of Shoving Socialized Medicine Down the Throats of America?" George Soros has dictated this, I am sure it will make him billions of dollars more on the backs of the American workingman (Obama supporters do not work, they are on welfare).

    April 8, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Simpliticus

    This is THE year for health care reform and this indicates with the president's move within the White House his intentions for that change!

    April 8, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Will the White House Office of Health Reform (WHOHR) operate in secret like Hillary's did, or will it aspire to the "transparency" which his Administration sometimes fails to achieve?

    April 8, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. phoenix86

    Another shadow cabinet position created which circumvents the US Senate's constitutional oversight role.

    Obama should be impeached.

    April 8, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. Chi Town

    Here come the BIG tax increases everybody

    If you make 50K a year... get ready to live on 20...

    Just like every other country with National Health Care

    60% Baby

    April 8, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Roland

    In order to fix our health care system President Obama needs to fire the head of all health insurance companies, drug companies, AMA, ADA, FDA and start over again with a clean slate and for profit goes away.

    April 8, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. barack obama is still just B.O.

    Just another one of the 4 million jobs he promised to create. Too bad they're all government jobs that the taxpayer supports, increase the deficit, and do nothing to support the economy or increase tax incomes, (since we pay out $100,000 in taxes to support the job and only collect a portion of that back).

    More of the "look at me I created a job" mentality of obama that is just idiotic.

    April 8, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. ray ray

    Here it comesssssss...... Obama's Universal Healthcare!!

    and yall are going to be paying the bill... TRILLIONS of $$ for his Euro-Socialism experiments.

    April 8, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Lotta Muni

    Yeah! Hit the ground running on day one, or at least form a committee to direct a new agency to oversee the oversight office of reforming. And stuff.

    April 8, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Capt. Snarky

    Hmmm – more government – I see more taxes coming in the future......

    April 8, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Deb

    What takes so long to confirm someone in the Senate. Are the party of no obstructing progress again?

    April 8, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |