Sunday, February 8, 2009

Now Governor Kathleen Sebelius is being floated for Secretary of HHS

We know that Governor Phil Bredesen would be a diaster in this post, though the rumor is that he is being vetted. Oy!!! Now we have Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS) emerging.

I was definitely a supporter for Sebelius being Obama's Vice-Presidential choice. She would have been a real change breaker, but we all know what was going on BACK THEN, with threats not to make it so.

So here is what the rumor mill is stating:

In a sign that she is getting a close look for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius recently met with senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, according to two Obama administration officials.

Sebelius has a good personal relationship with the President and remained in the running for the vice presidential slot until near the end of the process, the officials also told CNN.

But the officials cautioned that President Obama is considering others for HHS as well. Those getting a look include Oregon Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden and Tennessee’s Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen, according to the officials.

White House spokesman Reid Cherlin stressed to CNN that "no decision has been made." But Cherlin added the President "is moving quickly in filling this critical role."

The President's first nominee for the post, former Sen. Tom Daschle, stepped aside after questions were raised about his failure to pay more than $100,000 in taxes for consulting fees and the use of a car and driver.

h/t to AMERICAblog for this statement that wraps up why Governor Phil Bredesen should NOT the Secretary of HHS:
"A lot of elected officials are in bed with the insurance industry, but Phil Bredesen doesn't stop there. He let them pay to redecorate his mansion. We can't think of anyone more wrong for health care reform or more wrong for America," said Jacki Schechner, spokeswoman for Health Care for America Now. "This is a guy whose single greatest health care achievement is stripping 200,000 people of health care coverage in Tennessee - a move that was not only bad policy but an unconscionable act."

Talk about not only confirmation DISASTER, but the crossing of the line in ethics.


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