Testing will come quickly as Kathleen Sebelius teams with Obama

March 3, 2009
McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON - Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will face her first test later this week after agreeing Monday to help lead President Obama's effort to overhaul health care...

Sebelius, for all the praise coming her way because of her efforts on health care as governor and Kansas insurance commissioner, doesn't know Capitol Hill well.

Moreover, if confirmed by the Senate, she will be juggling numerous concerns. Improving food safety and emergency preparedness are just two at the top of the next HHS secretary's to-do list.

"She's got major challenges in front of her well beyond health reform," said Jeffrey Levi, executive director of the Trust for America's Health, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health care research and advocacy group.


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