Kennedy Taps Clinton for Panel on Health Care

Despite lack of seniority, NY senator has long wanted job
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2008 11:37 AM CST
It now looks like Hillary Clinton will have the chance to pick the job she prefers: to serve as Barack Obama's Secretary of State, or to head a Senate subcommittee on health care.   (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
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(Newser) – It seems when it rains job offers for Hillary Clinton, it pours: Ted Kennedy has asked the New York senator to help lead a health care team, the Los Angeles Times reports. Clinton would lead a working group dealing with insurance coverage. Although health care is an issue near to her heart, no one is sure how Clinton will react.

President-elect Barack Obama disagreed with Clinton on health care topics during the Democratic primaries, and it isn't clear how he might plan to tackle the issue once in office. Clinton hasn't commented on Kennedy's offer, and is also keeping mum on whether she will be accepting the secretary of State gig.