Daschle, Obama’s HHS Secretary Pick, Calls Fixing Health Care ‘Largest Domestic Policy Challenge’

December 11, 2008 - 12:54 PM
President-elect Barack Obama has chosen former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle to be his secretary of Health and Human Services.

In a Dec. 5, 2008 file photo Former Senate Majority leader Tom Daschle, who is the nominee for health and human services secretary in the Obama administration, applauds before speaking about plans for reforming the country's health care system during the 2008 Colorado Health Care Summit in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski/file)

Chicago (AP) - President-elect Barack Obama has chosen former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle to be his secretary of Health and Human Services.
 
It's a choice that was known for some time, but it was made official in a Thursday morning news conference in Chicago. Obama described the former South Dakota senator as "one of America's foremost health care experts."
 
Daschle describes fixing health care as "our largest domestic policy challenge." He says it's an issue close to his heart.
 
Daschle will also be overseeing a new White House Office of Health Reform.
 
Jeanne Lambrew will serve as deputy director of that office.
 
Daschle was a close adviser to Obama throughout the campaign. He recently wrote a book on his proposals to improve health care.