If he accepts and his nomination is confirmed by the US Senate, former Democratic Senator and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota will be in the cabinet of United States President-elect Barack Obama. Daschle will serve under the Obama administration as the 9th US Secretary of Health and Human Services. Should he be confirmed, Daschle will take up the post after Obama takes office on January 20, 2009.
Daschle was the 22nd US Senate Majority Leader. He served from 2001 until 2003. Afterwards, Daschle was succeeded by then US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tennessee. Before that, Daschle was also the 20th US Senate Majority leader in 2001. He would be preceded and succeeded by then US Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Mississippi.
Not only will Daschle lead the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), he will also lead a new White House Office of Health Reform. Working under Daschle will be former aide to then-President Bill Clinton, Jeanne M. Lambrew.
Obama explains: “The runaway
cost of health care is punishing families and businesses across the country.”
If and when Daschle takes up his post, he will bring with him years of Senate experience in regards to health policies. How will Daschle fare as the new US Secretary of Health and Human Services? The verdict is still in the air. We will have to wait once Daschle takes up the position.
This also means that Daschle will be leading the overhaul of the US healthcare system. In that respect, the pressure will be on him. The pressure will still be on Obama. But, there will be much pressure on Daschle.