David Kirkpatrick

February 3, 2009

Daschle pulls out as Health and Human Services nominee

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:26 pm

The GOP was going to fight this nominationsince Geither made it through with no problems after announcing his tax issues.

Daschle was going to be the point man on the health care plan. It’ll be interesting to see where things go from here. It’s also interesting to see just how many lawmakers have serious problems paying taxes. That right, everyone. These people are our public servants.

From the link:

Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination on Tuesday as President Obama’s nominee to lead the Health and Human Services Department, a decision that came one day after Mr. Obama declared that he would stand behind Mr. Daschle as problems over unpaid taxes were scrutinized on Capitol Hill.

“I accept his decision with sadness and regret,” Mr. Obama said in a statement.

The decision to withdraw his nomination as a member of the Obama cabinet comes as the White House battled across several fronts on Tuesday with tax problems of the president’s top political appointees. Mr. Daschle had expressed regret for not paying about $140,000 in back taxes, but on Monday vowed to press ahead.

The move came as a surprise on Capitol Hill, where Democratic senators had rallied behind Mr. Daschle. It is the highest-level political casualty of the young Obama administration.

January 8, 2009

Health care reform …

… is coming. Let’s hope it’s a decent system.

And that’s an honest hope. Even as a libertarian I recognize the system as it is has broken. Insurance has become a roadblock to the process of medicine, and to a reasonable allocation of money through the process. I’m no fan of regulation, but some order in this house might just be in order.

From the link:

Former Senator Tom Daschle pledged on Thursday to work with lawmakers of both parties in a grass roots, ideology-free campaign to revamp the nation’s struggling health care system.

“We will be guided by evidence and effectiveness, not by ideology,” Mr. Daschle told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions after saying that he wanted “to work with each of you” on ways to improve health care for all Americans.

“When it comes to health care, we really are in it together,” Mr. Daschle said, adding that to do nothing — or too little — about the spiraling costs of health care, the growing legions of the uninsured and substandard medical treatment in some areas is simply unacceptable.

December 11, 2008

Daschle to be named Secretary of Health and Human Services

This comes in a presser later today.

From the link:

Barack Obama will be holding a press conference in Chicago on Thursday. And it’s safe bet that most of the political world will be watching to hear Obama give his first extended remarks about the Rod Blagojevich scandal.

But Obama will be making news of another sort, too: He will, according to transition sources, make official the appointment of former Senator Tom Daschle as the Secretary of Health and Human Services. And while that’s not exactly news–sources had fingered Daschle as the likely nominee some time ago–Obama’s broader statements about health care will be.

November 19, 2008

Daschle tapped for health and human services

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:09 pm

Obama filled the secretary of health and human services post with long-time supporter, and former senator, Tom Daschle. Things are moving and shaking with his transition team.

From the link:

President-elect Barack Obama has decided to nominate former Senator Thomas A. Daschle of South Dakota as secretary of health and human services, and is leaning toward former Deputy Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. as attorney general, people close to the transition said Wednesday.