President Obama nominated Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius today to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services. In this role, Sebelius will oversee a department with wide-ranging responsibilities essential to the American people, including the implementation of the President's vision for health care. Expect controversy to swirl around abortion for this nominee.
From a White House press release:
"If we are going to help families, save businesses, and improve the long-term economic health of our nation, we must realize that fixing what's wrong with our health care system is no longer just a moral imperative, but a fiscal imperative. Health care reform that reduces costs while expanding coverage is no longer just a dream we hope to achieve - it's a necessity we have to achieve, said President Obama. "And today, I am proud to announce key members of my team who will be critical to that effort: Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for my Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Nancy Ann DeParle as Director of the White House Office for Health Reform."
In related news, Obama and Rep Andre Carson announced $2.6 million for health centers in Indiana today. The money comes from the stimulus package.