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WSJ - Obama Taps Sebelius for Health and Human Services Secretary

By LAURA MECKLER

President Barack Obama has chosen Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services and will announce the decision at the White House Monday, administration officials said Saturday.

New York Times - On Health, President Takes Team Approach

By ROBERT PEAR and JEFF ZELENY

WASHINGTON — In naming a new team to run health policy for his administration, President Obama has recruited a formidable array of talent, but has not clarified the lines of authority, leaving various appointees to jockey for primacy.

Mr. Obama announced his intention on Monday to nominate Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas to be secretary of health and human services.

WSJ - The Next Front in the War on Cancer

By Mark Thornton

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced a massive initiative against cancer. "Our recovery plan will launch a new effort to conquer a disease that has touched nearly every American, including me," he said in his speech to the nation, "by seeking a cure for cancer in our time."

Reuters - Obama Cancer Cure Vow Requires More Funds: Experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sustained federal research funding is needed to fulfill President Barack Obama's vow to seek "a cure for cancer in our time," a pledge echoing one by President Richard Nixon in 1971, experts said on Wednesday.

Since Nixon launched his "war on cancer" with a surge of research money, major progress has been made against cancer.

Cancer death rates have dropped every year since 1991, cutting the chance of death from cancer in the United States by more than 10 percent for women and nearly 20 percent for men, according to the American Cancer Society.

The Scientist - Flat funding for NIH in 2009

The National Institutes of Health received a 3% increase in funds in the draft 2009 budget, released today (Feb 23) by the US House of Representatives, giving the agency a total of $30.3 billion, ScienceInsider reports. Adjusted for inflation, the sum essentially leaves the agency's funding flat.

Reuters-Sebelius says has not discussed health post with Obama

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who administration officials say is the leading contender for U.S. health secretary, said on Monday she had not discussed the job yet with President Barack Obama.

Sebelius was in Washington this weekend and Monday to attend a governors' conference, and U.S. media had speculated that the occasion would be the perfect opportunity for Obama to meet with his fellow Democrat and talk about the health secretary post.

The Huffington Post- Why Healthcare Can’t Wait

By Andy Stern and Jeff Kindler
Through the years, there have been many issues where labor and
business don’t see eye to eye.

New York Times- Kansas Governor Seen as Top Choice in Health Post

By PETER BAKER and ROBERT PEAR

WASHINGTON — Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, an early Obama ally with a record of working across party lines, is emerging as the president’s top choice for secretary of health and human services, advisers said Wednesday.

Should she be nominated, Ms. Sebelius would bring eight years of experience as her state’s insurance commissioner as well as six years as a governor running a state Medicaid program.

New York Times - Specter, a Fulcrum of the Stimulus Bill, Pulls Off a Coup for Health Money

WASHINGTON — For years, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania has been the National Institutes of Health’s most ardent champion on Capitol Hill. Having survived two bouts with cancer, open-heart surgery and even a faulty diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s disease, he has long insisted that research that results in medical cures is the best service that government can provide.

The Hill - Dem ‘family politics’ blocks Dean at HHS

By Alexander Bolton

Several senior Senate Democrats have intensified their push for Howard Dean to become the next secretary of Health and Human Services, but the effort has run into what Dean allies call Democratic “family politics.”

Senate Democratic heavyweights such as Tom Harkin (Iowa)and Patrick Leahy (Vt) say that Dean, a doctor who focused on healthcare during his decade as Vermont’s governor, would make for a perfect choice.

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