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“Reform is urgently needed,” Kennedy said, “and Tom Daschle is just the person for the job.”

With the inauguration of president-elect Barack Obama nearing, many are concerned about his new health care policy. Tom Daschle, Secretary of Health and Human Services, backs Obama’s call for a new public health insurance plan to compete with private insurers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and WellPoint.

Tom Daschle was welcomed with open arms at his confirmation hearing on Thursday. Both parties expressed much admiration to Daschle and are willing to do whatever it takes with him to help our country out of the health care rut it is in.

So what does he want to do when he gets into office? He wants wider insurance coverage, higher quality care, lower costs, more preventive care, more money for community health centers, greater use of information technology, an emphasis on keeping people well, a stronger Food and Drug Administration, and speedier approval of low-cost generic drugs according to the confirmation meeting yesterday.

Other issues he would like to address while in office are reducing the influence of politics at federal science agencies. He would also like to increase Medicare payments to family doctors and other primary care physicians and place more emphasis on the prevention of disease, rather than the treatment of it.

The United States have more of a chance of insuring everyone since Democrats have total control of the government. Because of the recession, the number of uninsured has grown which means that the total cost of insuring everyone will grow as well. Tom Daschle has been a huge part of the U.S. government for over 30 years. He knows what needs to be done and now as Secretary of Health and Human services, it is more likely to get done.

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