HHS: The buzz on John Kitzhaber

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It looks like Oregon continues to be right in the midst of national health care reform. Both Senator Ron Wyden and former Governor John Kitzhaber are being mentioned as possible appointees for Secretary of Health and Human Services, as well as the director of the White House Office of Health Reform.

In addition to the initial mentions I noted yesterday, here's a bunch of the latest buzz on John Kitzhaber. (See the Wyden buzz here.)

Also, brief mentions in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal health blog.

So, there's the buzz on Kitzhaber. Go here for the latest buzz on Ron Wyden getting the HHS gig.

  • Chris #12 (unverified)

    Hey Single Payer advocates: I know neither of these guys are really with us, but would we have a better chance with one of them?

    Thank God (and the IRS) that Mr. Daschle is no longer a contender. But speaking of the IRS, my friend who works there says that everyone is incredibly pissed about the new boss, and that if any other IRS worker did what he did, they would get canned.

  • verasoie (unverified)

    The Providence paper showed at one moment they do actually know Kitzhaber

    "[he] is a brilliant doctor who knows the health-care system inside and out"

    and, more tellingly

    " [he]has shown little interest in being a Washington fat cat, or indeed in moving far away from his favorite fishing places in the west"

    but appealing to his "patriotism" seems like they forget that he declined, twice, in

    "taking a job to fix the Western World's worst health-care system"

    when he had the chance to do so as a Senator.

  • Garrett (unverified)

    Not that I don't think Kitz would be a great pick, but the guy has repeatedly said he wants nothing to do with Washington. Don't know where all the speculation is coming from.

  • Zarathustra (unverified)

    So, according to the Providence paper, Oregonians have perhaps the best case of the worst health care system in the Western world.

  • alex gregory (unverified)

    I like and respect Kitz a lot, but he would be a terrible Sec. of HHS because he does not have the stomach for rough and ready politics. If Kitz could'nt keep the Republicans in line in Oregon he certainly cannot do it in DC where he has virtually no political capital.

  • Jeffrey (unverified)

    Garrett, The specualtion coms from Doc Kitz himself. He told OPB: Hell no, I won't go -- in a nice way.

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    Posted by: Jeffrey | Feb 5, 2009 11:45:25 AM

    Beat me to it. Was just about to post that link myself.

  • Fireslayer (unverified)

    My info is gov/Doc is on the short list for real so let us lay low and hope for the best.

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    Posted by: Fireslayer | Feb 5, 2009 12:08:36 PM My info is gov/Doc is on the short list for real so let us lay low and hope for the best.

    What part of this makes it at all possible he is being considered or would take it?

    Former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says he’s flattered by being mentioned as a possible cabinet secretary in the Obama Administration. But he says he’s not interested in heading the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. And Kitzhaber says he’s not being vetted for the job.

    (emphasis mine)

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