Daschle To Oversee New Health Reform Office

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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It's no big secret former Senator Tom Daschle will have a role in President-elect Barack Obama's administration.

What could be surprising is the scope of it. Thursday, Obama will formally introduce Daschle as his pick for Health and Human Services secretary, but he'll also run the new White House Office of Health Reform.

One Democratic official says Daschle will be "the White House's voice" on the issue.

Democrats also say Obama will announce his picks for certain environmental positions in the coming weeks. They include Steven Chu for energy secretary, Lisa Jackson for EPA administrator, and Carol Browner as his newly created energy "czar."

Obama still hasn't picked someone to run the Interior Department, though some names have surfaced.


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