Obama Advisers May Signal New Approach to Health Policy

November 20, 2008
Wall Street Journal

William Corr, one of two leaders on President-elect Barack Obama's transition team for the Health and Human Services Department, was a top aide to former Sen. Tom Daschle, Mr. Obama's choice to run the sprawling agency.

Mr. Corr, now the executive director of the anti-smoking group Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, was chief counsel and policy director from 1998 to 2000 for then-Senate Minority Leader Daschle. He joined the anti-tobacco lobby in 2000, and among other things has lobbied Congress to give the Food and Drug Administration, an HHS agency, the authority to regulate tobacco. An Obama transition official said Mr. Corr, a registered lobbyist until September, is recused from working on tobacco issues.

"It clearly sends a message that public health will be a priority in this administration and that science and research will drive policy making," said Jeff Levi, executive director at Trust for America's Health, a public-health advocacy group. Mr. Levi knows both Mr. Corr and Dr. Lurie.

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