VIDEO: Tom Daschle Withdraws Nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Services

Updated 6:20pm EDT

Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Obama. It’s unfortunate on many levels, not the least of which is that Daschle was on task to lead a forceful health care reform effort.

In addition, with HIV prevention groups advocating for an appropriately hefty dose of funding in the economic stimulus bill, it may have been a boon to have Daschle as an advocate.

But Daschle concluded that he did not want to risk becoming a distraction from the President’s commitment to pass health care reform legislation. Daschle told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that he "realized [he] can’t pass health care if [he’s] too much of a distraction."

"I will not be the architect of America’s health care reform, but I remain one of its most fervent supporters," Daschle said.

The Huffingtost Post is reporting on possible replacements. At the top of the list? Governor Howard Dean and "remember him" Senator Bill Bradley. 

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  • invalid-0

    Read Glen Greenwald’s blog to see how disgustingly corrupt Daschle is. I wouldn’t have trusted him to bring about universal health care, not when he’s so deep in the pockets of the parasitical health-insurance industry.

  • invalid-0

    Daschle resigned for one single reason. He was making over $80,000 a month as a lobbiest. You cannot make that kind of money while in government. Besides, I suspect he did not want anyone digging into his personal affairs either. No telling how many more smoking guns are out there.

    Now for our President. My count of major goof ups are:

    Supported a recovery bill that has nothing to do with recovery.

    In order to avoid a trade war with our allies, he backed off of his buy American only policy.

    Sponsored 3 tax doggers for cabinet postions. All of them are retreads of Carter/Clinton. No change there.

    Sponsored lobbiest when he said he would not appoint any.

    Tried to buddy up to Iran, They called him weak.

    I think he has a screw up for every day in office.

    Change you can believe in. Its going to be a LONG 4 Years.

  • invalid-0

    Great comment. I had forgotten how crooked the democrats are when it comes to ethics. Even if Obama is the “chosen one” as the press seems to think, there are so many crooks in the democratic party. You can’t help but get dirty. It never ceases to amaze me how much the dems want tax money but are so unwilling to pay them. It’s going to be an interesting and yes very LONG 4 years.

  • invalid-0

    I strongly recommend Marcia Angell, MD for HHS Secretary. She is a physician, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, and now Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

    Dr. Angell is highly respected and has worked hard for ethics, scientific integrity, and health policy her entire career. In 1997, Time magazine named Marcia Angell one of the 25 most influential Americans.

    Marcia is a supporter of women’s issues. Her book, Science on Trial: The Clash of Medical Evidence and the Law in the Breast Implant Case (1996) received critical acclaim.

    Marcia is not afraid to speak out, and has criticized our current healthcare system and the pharmaceutical industry. She wrote the book: The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It.

    I can think of no better person to be HHS Secretary! She is eminently qualified, and would bring ethics and integrity to the office.

  • invalid-0

    Marcia Angell would be a great choice.