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Monday, March 2, 2009

(The Latest) Madame Secretary


It's Health and Human Services, take two (with a twist!): Katherine Sebelius, Governor of Kansas, has been formally nominated to fill one of the remaining vacant cabinet posts. Her first order of business? Getting Congress to agree to pass the President's ambitious health care plan.

When the President said he was gearing up for a fight, health care is primarily what he was referring to. This is an issue near and dear to most Democrats' hearts, and lately even insurance industry officials are saying we need some form of national health care coverage (paying out on those claims to the few people that manage to get through the insurance system gets costly, after all). Still, it hasn't ever been an easy fight for Dems (see Clinton, William Jefferson).

Governor Sebelius has some experience dealing with ornery lawmakers on health care however. She's been frustrated by the Republican majorities in the Kansas state houses to get even minor health reform passed, but hopefully she'll do better with a Democratic executive and Democratically controlled congresses. Read more about her here.

Best of Luck, Madam Secretary!

(photo credit: AP/NYT)

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