The White House may abolish its health czar position before it is even filled. According to this Politico article, Barack Obama is reluctant to hire Nancy Ann Min DeParle for this post. Actually, she's highly qualified. She was head of HCFA (now CMS) in the Clinton administration. But she's also held some private sector positions since then that apparently make Obama wary about her. Which raises the question: where do you find highly qualified people who haven't had any experience in the private sector? This leads me to suspect that the chances for major health care legislation are even less than when Tom Daschle withdrew from his nominations to be HHS Secretary and White House health czar.
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