The White House named Ernst & Young partner Doug Badger to replace Mark McClellan, M.D., as adviser to President Bush on healthcare issues. Meanwhile, Senate confirmation hearings begin today on Bush's nomination of McClellan for Food and Drug Administration director. Badger, who has HHS experience and strong ties on Capitol Hill, will join the White House as "special assistant to the president for economic policy." One hospital lobbyist called the appointment "a very good call," saying Badger is "politically savvy" and has 20 years of experience with healthcare issues. At deadline, it wasn't clear when Badger would officially begin work at the White House. -- by Jeff Tieman
Ernst & Young partner to advise Bush on healthcare
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