Kathleen Sebelius

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Kathleen Sebelius is the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services

Kathleen Sebelius is the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She formerly served as Governor of Kansas and as a superdelegate in the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

Sebelius became the last member of the Obama administration cabinet to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. "Republicans had delayed the vote because of concerns about Ms. Sebelius's support of abortion rights as governor of Kansas for the last six years," reported the New York Times. "Some Republicans also asserted that she and the administration intended to ration health care using the results of research comparing the cost and effectiveness of different treatments." [1]

Sebelius initial priorities as Secretary will include addressing the swine flu threat and working on healthcare reform. She formerly worked as a state insurance commissioner and "is expected to be an advocate for consumers in negotiating with Congress on legislation to rein in health costs and expand coverage." [1]


2008 superdelegate

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Kansas superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Robert Pear, "Senate Confirms Kansas Governor as Health Secretary," New York Times, April 28, 2009.
  2. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Advisory Council, organizational web page, accessed February 26, 2013.

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