February 4, 2009

IT'S A MARK OF JUST HOW LITTLE THE UR UNDERSTANDS HIS NEW JOB...:


As Nominee Trips, Health Care Drive Suffers a Setback
By PETER BAKER and ROBERT PEAR

WASHINGTON — The abrupt collapse of Tom Daschle’s cabinet nomination on Tuesday undercut President Obama’s mission to expand health care by depriving him of an unusually well positioned architect for a big legislative campaign and leaving him without a backup plan.

Mr. Daschle’s decision to withdraw his candidacy for secretary of health and human services could slow the president’s drive to reshape the nation’s health care system as the White House searches for a replacement, and it could allow Congress to step into the vacuum during that delay, analysts said. [...]

Democrats close to the White House said attention was focusing on governors, who by nature of their jobs run state Medicaid programs, particularly Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas. Other possibilities include Govs. Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania and Jennifer M. Granholm of Michigan and former Gov. John Kitzhaber of Oregon, all Democrats. Ms. Sebelius was an early supporter of Mr. Obama’s campaign while Mr. Rendell and Ms. Granholm joined after the primaries. Mr. Kitzhaber is a former emergency room physician who pushed through health care changes while in office.


...that he thought Tom Daschle a perfect choice to run a mammoth federal bureaucracy because of his legislative background and that his time would be spent working on the details of bills. The best thing that could have happened to him is to be forced to ditch the hack and choose a governor.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 4, 2009 8:05 AM
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