11 Dec Obama makes Daschle's HHS nomination official, calls healthcare part of America's emergency
Chicago, Ill. – At a news conference Thursday, President-elect Barack Obama formally nominated former Senator Tom Daschle to be the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. He also announced that the South Dakota Democrat will lead a White House healthcare reform team.
Obama had unofficially floated Daschle’s nomination on Nov. 19.
The president-elect also announced his choice of Jean Lambrew to be deputy director of HHS. A senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and an associate professor of public affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Lambrew co-authored a book with Daschle titled “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.”