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New name emerges as a candidate for Health and Human Services secretary

Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius

Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius

February 20, 2009

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Kathleen Sebelius: Two decades in politics

Kathleen Sebelius is the nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services in Obama's Cabinet. She has served as Kansas' governor since 2002 and before that was insurance commissioner and a state representative.

— The Obama White House continues to work on finding a replacement nominee for Tom Daschle to be health and human services secretary. The leading contender remains Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, who seems somewhat hesitant about making the move to D.C.

The administration is also considering Nancy-Ann DeParle, former administrator of the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid and a former honcho at the Office of Management and Budget; and Jack Lew, who has been confirmed as deputy secretary of state for management. Lew worked on health care reform in the Clinton administration. There is a growing view that it may take two people to handle the twin roles Daschle had negotiated (a West Wing office plus the Cabinet spot).

Sebelius, 60, was a Kansas House member and served two terms as the state’s elected insurance commissioner before winning the first of her two terms as governor in 2002. Her supporters say her tenure in the insurance post allowed her to develop expertise on health care issues.

“She knows these issues,” said Robert Zirkelbach, spokesman for an insurance industry trade group, America’s Health Insurance Plans. “She has a history of working across the political aisle. I think she would be a good choice.”

Rother said: “Only Tom Daschle would have been her equal.”

Since Sebelius became governor, the state has expanded cancer screenings, allowed more residents to keep their health insurance up to 18 months after leaving their jobs and granted income tax deductions to help some lower their insurance costs. It also has increased funding for “safety net” clinics and expanded state medical and dental coverage for pregnant women.

“Most of the health care reform that happens will have to be federal reform,” said Kansas Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, an Independence Republican. “The reforms that we’ve done in Kansas in recent years have been incremental progress. By definition, that’s what happens at the state level.”

But Sebelius has sought more sweeping reforms. She opened her second term in January 2007 by calling on legislators to draft a plan to bring universal health coverage to Kansas. Last year, she backed a 21-point from plan from a state health care agency to phase in $330 million in new spending on health care initiatives over five years.

Legislators never acted on her call for universal coverage, and last year’s package gained little support because it required tobacco tax increases.

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Pilgrim2 5 years, 1 month ago

not_holroyd (Anonymous) says…

Pilgrim2: “Good job leaving out the last sentence in the article not holroyd


Nope, wasn't me. Scroll up.

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not_holroyd 5 years, 1 month ago

Pilgrim2: "Good job leaving out the last sentence in the article not holroyd


Did you think a press secretary would say otherwise? I gave you the link to the primary source, I wasn't reporting a thing. Nor was I expressing my opinion about this gossip.

But things on "Page 6" of the Post get read widely on the east coast...millions of eyeballs.

I thought Lawrence/Kansas people ought to be told what was circulating there, since the LJW/Kansas media had ignored it...they seem to be reporting all sorts of other much less read sources which are nothing but rumor.

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kubacker 5 years, 1 month ago

XD40 - You are correct + I'm sure she is thinking long and hard if she could make herself follow through on Obama's plan to destroy our health care system.

What do you think that putting 45 million more people (20 million illegal aliens) in our doctor's waiting rooms will do to your chances of getting to see your doctor and getting necessary tests, procedures and surgery done? Forget the cost to taxpayers - there is no way we have enough doctors, nurses and everything else medical to provide on demand medical care to 45 million new patients.

I'm sure she is also weighing whether she could stand having the title but having to take marching orders from Dashiel (sp?) the shadow HHS Secretary.

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Danimal 5 years, 1 month ago

XD40 that's a good point. I hope that she does go though, it would be the best thing that has happened to Kansas in years.

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XD40 5 years, 1 month ago

I don't think Kathleen 'Don't Drop the Soap' Sebelius is dishonest enough to be in Obambi's cabinet. She pays her taxes, I guess. She, evidently, hasn't offered Baracky a bribe. She won't get the job. I wish I was wrong, but there it is.

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kubacker 5 years, 1 month ago

beobachter

I don't like Bush - never have. However, no one except you gives creedence to what 20 college professors, in a country with 99.5% left-leaning faculty, think of GW after four weeks out of office.

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beobachter 5 years, 1 month ago

According to last Presidential ranking, W has already done that.

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kubacker 5 years, 1 month ago

BO has done everything he can possibly do in a 4-week period to make sure he is a one term president. Give him 6 months and he'll have completely hung himself, and the country. He's going to make Jimmy Carter look like a genius!

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Pilgrim2 5 years, 1 month ago

bad_dog (Anonymous) says…

Good job leaving out the last sentence in the article not holroyd. Who knows what the truth may be, but nice job of objective reporting.

Sebelius' spokeswoman, Beth Martino, told Page Six: “That allegation is absolutely false.”


Oh, well that settles it, then.

Trout.

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KS 5 years, 1 month ago

beobachter - Because the left wing nutcases are too stupid.

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beobachter 5 years, 1 month ago

Why is it only the fringe right wing nutcases that want her out?

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toe 5 years, 1 month ago

The back ground check must have some problems.

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Newell_Post 5 years, 1 month ago

The snarkiest part of the NY Post story above is that Dillard's is the top department store in Topeka. Sad, but true.... Dillard's doesn't qualify as "upscale" at all, in most places.

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Pogo 5 years, 1 month ago

Ms. Thing can't even manage SRS. Imagine the MESS that will happen if she is to "manage" the Nation's SRS???

Good grief.....

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bad_dog 5 years, 1 month ago

Good job leaving out the last sentence in the article not holroyd. Who knows what the truth may be, but nice job of objective reporting.

Sebelius' spokeswoman, Beth Martino, told Page Six: "That allegation is absolutely false."

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edjayhawk 5 years, 1 month ago

"BO is looking more like a one term guy already."

Yeah, 1 month is ample time to decide he is a failure...

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KS 5 years, 1 month ago

I wish she would go, but I don't blame her either. Who in their right mind wants to live in DC? She will go, but she wants a six year commitment, ie: Senator. BO is looking more like a one term guy already. Makes Jimmy Carter look good.

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KatWrangler 5 years, 1 month ago

edjayhawk (Anonymous) says…

She doesn't want to abandon Kansas citizens who would be faced with an one party system-The Kansas Republican Fascist Party.

Exactly! Its bad enough we have to have whack job Brownback.

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barrypenders 5 years, 1 month ago

Does she do the same with her thongs not-holyroyd?

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bennyoates 5 years, 1 month ago

If the wrongheaded rightwing jerks on these message boards hate her, if the NY Dog Trainer lies about her, those are just two more very good reasons why we need Kathleen Sebelius to stay here in Kansas. The only good reason for her to leave would, of course, be to serve our President. It says a lot about her character than President Obama wants her to join the cabinet.

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parrotuya 5 years, 1 month ago

Great source: a New York City tabloid. What if the National Enquirer said that Michael Steele was gay? Everyone would believe it, right?

Out of ideas you conserva-hards are!

The party of tax cuts! More tax cuts!

More and bigger tax cuts!

Dillard's is about to declare bankruptcy! More tax cuts!

A conserva-hard told a lie! More tax cuts!

National single-payer, universal healthcare one step closer! More tax cuts!

New GOP idea: MORE TAX CUTS!

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preebo 5 years, 1 month ago

The answer is simple...

Fmr. Governor, Dr. Howard Dean, Fmr. DNC Chairman (author of the 50 state strategy)

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The_Bends 5 years, 1 month ago

Right on edjayhawk. I prefer a divided government to a government dominated by either political party.

It's kind of ironic that the anti-Sebelius posters (who purportedly abhor big, intrusive government) advocate a government dominated by a single political party.

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KEITHMILES05 5 years, 1 month ago

She knows she can't pull the same crap in DC that she has done here,

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 1 month ago

Roland Burris is about to need a new gig. I'm just saying.

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not_holroyd 5 years, 1 month ago

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who's said to be President Obama's top pick for health and human services secretary, is the most joked-about customer at Dillard's, the top upscale department store in the state's capital city, Topeka. “She comes in here all the time,” says our spy at the store. “She buys a dress, wears it once, returns it. She buys a pair of shoes, wears them once, returns them. The joke around the store is that she must have one of those price-tag guns at home to retag the merchandise after she wears it.” With that kind of thriftiness, maybe Obama should just tap her as his budget director. http://www.nypost.com/seven/02202009/gossip/pagesix/govs_swift_return_policy_156048.htm

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edjayhawk 5 years, 1 month ago

She doesn't want to abandon Kansas citizens who would be faced with an one party system-The Kansas Republican Fascist Party.

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madmike 5 years, 1 month ago

Please take her with you!!!

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