President Obama Taps Gov. Kathleen Sebelus (D-Kan.) to Lead HHS

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Monday, March 2, 2009; 1:06 PM

SPEAKERS: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

GOV. KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, D-KAN.

NANCY-ANN DEPARLE, DIRECTOR, WHITE HOUSE OFFICE FOR HEALTH REFORM [*] OBAMA: Hello, everybody. Last week, I unveiled a fiscal blueprint for America's future, one that reflects the stark reality of our financial crisis while laying a lasting foundation for our common prosperity.

It makes both the sacrifices and the investments necessary to tackle the great challenges of our time, challenges we face today as a consequence of decisions we deferred yesterday. One of these great challenges is health care.

The good news is that we have already done more to advance the cause of health care reform in the last month than we have in the last decade. We've provided and protected health insurance for 11 million children whose parents work full time. We've invested in preventive care to help keep people from having to go to the doctor in the first place and in electronic health records and new technology that will ensure privacy while saving billions of dollars and countless lives.

And today, I can announce that under the recovery plan we put into action, $155 million will go towards supporting 126 new health centers across America. These health centers will expand access to care by helping people in need, many with no health insurance, obtain access to comprehensive primary and preventive health care services.


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