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Sebelius and … who?

While nominating Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to be secretary of Health and Human Services, President Obama today also picked Nancy-Ann Min DeParle as “health czar,” officially known as the head of the new White House Office for Health Reform.

DeParle’s name is new to me, but I guess it shouldn’t be. She ran the Health Care Finance Administration—now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services—during Bill Clinton’s second term as president and was director of the Office of Management and Budget during Clinton’s first term.

DeParle currently is a director of Cerner, Boston Scientific and Medco Health Solutions. She also is a trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Obviously, she’ll have to quit those boards.

She also is a former Medicare Payment Advisory Commission trustee.

Her husband, Jason DeParle, is a senior writer for the New York Times and an author.

As of this writing, her Wikipedia entry calls DeParle a “MILF.” How long until the White House gets wind of that and makes the change?

UPDATE, 12:40 p.m. CST: This change has been made. I knew it wouldn’t take long.

March 2, 2009 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

Saturday night special: Sebelius to head HHS

Here’s a rare post late on a Saturday night, but one I needed to put up: The Associated Press is reporting tonight Washington that Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is President Obama’s pick to be Health and Human Services secretary. Obama will officially nominate Sebelius on Monday, according to the report.

Hopefully Sebelius is current on all her taxes, unlike Obama’s first choice, Tom Daschle. Health reform is a Big Deal and really shouldn’t have to wait any longer than it already has.

And now back to my regularly scheduled Saturday night. I will wait until tomorrow to read up on Obama’s reform proposal and the opposition I hear is lining up to fight certain elements of it.

February 28, 2009 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.