Kitzhaber for Health Reform Czar

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle recently withdrew his nomination to become the secretary of Health and Human Services and head of the White House Office of Health Reform, citing a controversy regarding unpaid taxes. President Obama now faces the dual challenge of finding a suitable replacement and restoring public confidence in his promise to run a more ethical and special interest-free administration. For reasons technical, political and personal, I believe former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber would be an excellent choice for either or both of these positions. Read more…

I invite you to read the rest of my recent opinion piece in the Oregonian. I would very much appreciate comments with your thoughts or support. I had hoped for a title that reflected Dr. Kitzhaber’s appropriateness for either HHS or the Health Reform Czar position, but I am nonetheless grateful to the editorial staff at the Oregonian for publishing my piece.

If you would like to make your voice heard in this process, I urge you to send a note of support for Dr. Kitzhaber to President Obama at Whitehouse.gov, or read a succinct background and use a letter writing form provided by OnwardOregon.

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