With President-elect Obama already beginning to focus on staffing his administration, he will need everything from a secretary of Health and Human Services to a White House domestic policy adviser to the heads of HHS agencies such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.
Already, the name of Obama adviser and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle is floating around Washington as a possibility for HHS secretary. Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, a physician and former governor of Vermont, also is being mentioned.
How should the job descriptions for these key health care positions read? Should Obama be looking for Washington insiders or outsiders? Policy wonks or governor/management types? Clintonites or new blood?
-- Marilyn Werber Serafini, NationalJournal.com