President Obama has selected Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for secretary of Health & Human Services. A formal announcement will be made Monday.
It’s safe to assume Sebelius has incredibly well-kept and untainted tax records — Obama’s original pick, former Sen. Tom Daschle, withdrew in early February after questions were raised about back payment of taxes.
Sebelius, a two-term governor who comes from a political family, has drawn praise for her bipartisan approach to legislation (read political coverage). Yet abortion opponents have promised to fight her confirmation because she has repeatedly vetoed legislation restricting abortion access. (They’re also a wee-bit dramatic when it comes to the Sebelius’ connections to abortion provider Dr. George Tiller.)
Julie Burkhart explains all, including what gets overlooked in the debate:
What is true and what the anti-choice advocates don’t like is that Governor Sebelius is unequivocally pro-reproductive health care. But, that does not mean abortion care alone. What they choose to ignore is that she is a strong advocate for the health care of children, for prenatal care for women and for preventive medicine. This, unfortunately, gets lost in the debate.
The selection came just in time for Obama’s health summit at the White House this week.
In her role at HHS, Sebelius would also oversee the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health. Obama has not named anyone to run either agency.