WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Barack Obama's choice to head
Health and Human Services has gotten a warm welcome from his former colleagues on Capitol Hill.
At a Senate hearing today, former Senate Majority Leader Tom
Daschle criticized the nation's health care system as being
expensive, mediocre and too often unavailable.
Daschle noted that past efforts to overhaul the health care
system have not fared well. He called for undertaking reform in a
way that is "aggressive, open and responsive to Americans'
Daschle appeared before the Senate's Health, Education, Labor
and Pensions Committee, which is not the panel that will vote on
his confirmation. That's the job of the Senate Finance Committee.
Most analysts expect Daschle will have little problem winning
confirmation as Health and Human Services secretary.