Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sebelius to be Named Head of the Department Health and Human Services

According to the New York Times, President Obama is going to name Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to be the head of the Department of Health and Human Services.

President Obama has settled on Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, a key ally with a record of working across party lines, as his top choice for secretary of health and human services, advisers said Wednesday.

Should she be nominated, Ms. Sebelius would bring eight years of experience as her state's insurance commissioner as well as six years as a governor running a state Medicaid program. But with Mr. Obama about to begin a drive to expand health coverage -- an issue on which the parties have deep ideological divisions -- her strongest asset in the White House view may be her record of navigating partisan politics as a Democrat in one of the country's most Republican states.

I think Sebelius would do a great job. Though, I am disapointed that if Sebelius is named then Democrats would have lost a chance at winning a Senate seat in Kansas. Sebelius was a leading candidate to run for Senate in 2010 to replace the retiring Sam Brownback. Polls show that she had a great shot at winning the seat. If Sebelius is named to the cabinent that would mean 3 leading Senate candidates in 2010 have decided to become part of Obama's cabinent (Tom Vilsack and Arizona's Janet Napolitano are the others).

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