Hospital, physician, pharmaceutical and other groups lauded the Senates confirmation of Kathleen Sebelius as HHS secretary, adding that an effort to overhaul the health system has been too long delayed.
America needs proven leadership as our nation works to extend coverage and care to more people, American Hospital Association President and CEO Richard Umbdendstock said in a written statement. Sebelius bipartisan approach and wealth of experience working with many of healthcares complex programs answers that call.
Sebelius was sworn in by President Barack Obama. She takes the reins of an agency now addressing a flu scare. Obviously, we have a lot to do to make sure that healthcare is affordable for the American people, to deal with critical issues like food safety, Obama said. But we wanted to swear her in right away because weve got a significant public health challenge that requires her immediate attention.
Sebelius wasted little time in addressing the potential threat of the swine flu virus. Its my honor to take a leadership position in this very important department, but I want to assure everyone that the efforts on this influenza outbreak have been under way not only within the agency, but across the government for some time, she said. -- by Matthew DoBias
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