The nomination of Governor Kathleen Sebelius (picutred here with Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California) to be U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services will be voted on tomorrow, Tuesday, on the U.S. Senate floor.
She’s the last cabinet member of the Obama Adminstration to be approved. Despite the Governor’s impressive credentials working across party lines in a “red” state, it shows how difficult and polarizing health care issues can be.
Getting her in place with crucial before the recent news about swine flu, given the significant issues to be attended to in our health care system, and President Obama’s emphasis on health care reform.
During her confirmation hearings, I wrote on the The New Republic’s blog about how her experience at the state level will inform her work on health reform; it should also help her appreciate the unique challenges and issues of a state like California.