Daschle reportedly offered top spot at HHS, providers pleased
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Long-term care providers expressed approval regarding the choice.
"I believe President-elect Obama could not have made a better choice than former Majority, Minority Leader Tom Daschle," South Dakota Health Care Association Executive Director Mark Deak told McKnight's. "Both as a friend and as a statesman I know how strong his interest is in healthcare in general and in long-term care specifically, so I'm absolutely thrilled to hear the news," Deak added.
Bruce Yarwood, president and CEO of the American Health Care Association agreed, saying in a statement: "Senator Daschle is a pragmatic problem-solver well versed in elder care issues and policy."
If nominated, the appointment must be confirmed by the Senate. Daschle, 61, who served as Senate majority leader from 2001-2003, not only would serve as HHS secretary, but also will be a "White House Health Czar"—a point-man on health issues, according to CNN.