Press Release

AHA Statement on Nomination of Senator Tom Daschle to HHS Secretary

Rich Umbdenstock
President and CEO, American Hospital Association 

December 11, 2008

America's hospitals applaud President-elect Barack Obama’s choice of Senator Tom Daschle as Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and director of a new White House Office of Health Reform. 

A thoughtful leader, Sen. Daschle brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the issue of reforming our nation’s health system.  His deep understanding of how Washington works and how to build consensus on challenging issues will serve him well as he tackles one of the most pressing issues facing America. 

We also look forward to working with Dr. Jeanne Lambrew, the newly named Deputy Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, and the rest of the health care team.   America’s hospitals stand ready to offer our ideas and energy as we work for better health and health care for our nation.

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