Daschle Begins Push to Reform Health Care

Would-be secretary will ask Americans to contribute ideas
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2008 8:44 AM CST
Tom Daschle, left, followed by current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, smiles on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Although his nomination as health secretary hasn't yet been announced, Tom Daschle is already beginning his push for a comprehensive overhaul of the system, the Wall Street Journal reports. In a speech today, Daschle will emphasize that the economic downturn makes it all the more important to lower health care costs and expand coverage. He will ask Americans to hold holiday parties to brainstorm ideas.

"The president-elect made health care reform one of his top priorities of his campaign, and I am here to tell you that his commitment to changing the health care system remains strong and focused," says Daschle's prepared text. He will lay out no specific proposals or timetables. He will, however, pledge to hold one of those idea-generating parties himself.