Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is the leading candidate for secretary of health and human services, the New York Times reported, though no final decision has been made. Sebelius’ strengths include her eight years as insurance commissioner and her six years as governor working with Medicaid. The downside is that she doesn’t have Washington, D.C., experience, though it is possible that Barack Obama might appoint a separate “health czar” to oversee policy initiatives.
“I think it would be good for Kansas to have a member of the president’s Cabinet,” said state Sen. Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence. Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, said that Sebelius’ association with Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller might arise in the nomination process.
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