President-elect Barack Obama has nominated William Corr, an anti-tobacco advocate and longtime colleague of HHS secretary nominee Tom Daschle, to the No. 2 spot at HHS. Corr, who currently serves as the executive director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, also headed up Obamas HHS transition team in December.
In a written statement, the president-elect lauded Corrs depth of experience and commitment to healthcare reform. The time has come to bring about real healthcare reform in this country, and that means modernizing our healthcare system, reducing costs to families and business and providing affordable healthcare for every American, he said.
Corr served as the chief of staff for HHS in the Clinton administration, where he was an adviser to Secretary Donna Shalala on policy and management issues. He also served as the deputy assistant secretary for health and counsel to the secretary.
The position would also reunite him with Daschle. On Capitol Hill, Corr served as Daschles chief counsel and policy director from 1998 through 2000. Obama said that under Daschle and Corr, HHS will bring people together to reach consensus on how to move forward with healthcare reform.