Sebelius, DeParle Discuss Health Care Reform With Congressional Lawmakers

March 27, 2009

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D), President Obama’s nominee for HHS secretary, and Nancy-Ann DeParle, the director of the White House Office for Health Reform, each met with congressional lawmakers on Tuesday to discuss plans for health care overhaul, CQ Today reports. Sebelius said she met with nearly 40 senators who expressed “a lot of interest in health reform.”

DeParle at a meeting of House Democrats said that health care reform is a top priority for the Obama administration and the White House is looking to work with Congress on efforts, Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) said after the meeting. According to Schwartz, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told Democrats at the meeting that the budget resolution is an important “first step” in health care reform; however, Pelosi declined to address whether to use the budget reconciliation process to enact an overhaul. “Using reconciliation would give Democrats a much better chance to pass a health overhaul that includes a provision important to liberals and labor groups: creation of a government-run health plan that would compete with private insurers,” an idea most Republicans opposed, CQ Today reports.
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Sebelius, DeParle Discuss Health Care Reform With Congressional Lawmakers

March 27, 2009

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D), President Obama’s nominee for HHS secretary, and Nancy-Ann DeParle, the director of the White House Office for Health Reform, each met with congressional lawmakers on Tuesday to discuss plans for health care overhaul, CQ Today reports. Sebelius said she met with nearly 40 senators who expressed “a lot of interest in health reform.”

DeParle at a meeting of House Democrats said that health care reform is a top priority for the Obama administration and the White House is looking to work with Congress on efforts, Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) said after the meeting. According to Schwartz, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told Democrats at the meeting that the budget resolution is an important “first step” in health care reform; however, Pelosi declined to address whether to use the budget reconciliation process to enact an overhaul. “Using reconciliation would give Democrats a much better chance to pass a health overhaul that includes a provision important to liberals and labor groups: creation of a government-run health plan that would compete with private insurers,” an idea most Republicans opposed, CQ Today reports.
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