Obama Will Likely Not Make Pro-Abortion Health Secretary Sebelius Health Czar
by Steven Ertelt
March 1, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — President Barack Obama selected a hardcore abortion advocate to become Health Secretary, but he will not likely make Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius his health czar. Obama had planned to make Tom Daschle both health secretary and health czar before he had to step down for tax evasion reasons.
Daschle, in that role, would have overseen a White House office in charge of putting together a health care reform plan together.
While Sebelius will have significant input on a health care plan, recent indications are that she will not head the White House Office of Health Care Reform as Daschle would have done. She is seen as not having enough Capitol Hill experience to be the key lobbyist on getting Obama’s health care plan approved.
As a result, the health care reform plan Obama hopes to put together will likely be fashioned by a White House team rather than farming it out to Sebelius and her Health Department staff should her nomination be confirmed.
The news also means Obama will likely name someone else to head up the health care office, administration officials told the Politico news web site over the weekend.
When he does name a top person to craft the plan, Nancy-Ann DeParle, a Clinton administration health care official, may get the nod.
Obama may also consider a health-care board or commission that would help de-politicize his health care package, Peter Orszag, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said Sunday.
We will be exploring all of these ideas with the Congress, he said, adding that there are lots of ideas floating around out there, and its too soon to favor a particular one.
We’re going forward with health care, Orszag said. We’re going to get health care reform done this year. I think this proposal will get enacted. But if it doesn’t, then we’re going to need to come up with some other offset.
For the pro-life movement, the health care reform debate has some clear relevancies.
The Clinton administration plan not only called for paying for elective abortions with taxpayer funds but also required health insurance companies to cover them — resulting in citizens paying for abortions in their own health care plans.
The plan also contained rationed health care that would have limited lifesaving medical treatment and prohibited seniors from using their own money to pay for health care.
That would have increased pressure on the elderly, disabled and terminally ill to consider assisted suicide or euthanasia as opposed to appropriate medical care and treatment.
Following Daschle stepping down, pro-abortion Health Reform Office deputy director Jeanne Lambrew moved to HHS to do some work until a secretary is in place.
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