With Secretary-designate Sebelius, President Obama announced today his new White House health refom “czar.” There’s a lot to do, and a short amount of time to do it. She will have to hit the ground running: This Thursday afternoon, there will be a “health care summit” to start the process. From the President’s press release:
Nancy-Ann DeParle, one of the nation’s leading experts on health care and regulatory issues, will serve as Counselor to the President and Director of the White House Office for Health Reform. As commissioner of the Department of Human Services in Tennessee, she saw firsthand the health care system’s impact on workers and families. In the Clinton Administration, DeParle handled budget matters for federal health care programs, and took on the tremendous task of managing Medicare and Medicaid.
Jonathan Cohn of TNR’s The Treatment has a detailed write-up and reactions from many, including Ron Pollack of Families USA and erstwhile Californian Peter Harbage of the Center for American Progress.