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Bipartisan Policy Center Founder Bob Dole Introduces Governor Sebelius at Confirmation Hearing to Be Next HHS Secretary
Date:3/31/2009

Former Senate Majority Leader Dole says 'the time has come' for health care reform

WASHINGTON, March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Founder and Advisory Board member Senator Bob Dole introduced fellow Kansan and friend Governor Kathleen Sebelius at her confirmation hearing today. Governor Sebelius, nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, appeared before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Video from the hearing is available here.

"Governor Sebelius' strength is the fact that she understands health care. As the Kansas insurance commissioner, she's had a lot of experience and she knows the critical issues," said Senator Dole. "She walks in as someone who is willing and able and would make the commitment to try to make it work, try to bring the parties together on very critical areas."

Before being elected governor in 2003, Sebelius served as Kansas' insurance commissioner for eight years. Prior to that, she served in the Kansas state legislature.

Senator Dole, along with former Majority Leaders and BPC Founders Senators Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, and George Mitchell, has spent the past year working on the BPC's "Leaders' Project on the State of American Health Care." The bipartisan Leaders' Project is expected to release its report with recommendations for health care reform in May of 2009.

"We understand some of the difficulties that Governor Sebelius is going to have to face up to in the next several months," Senator Dole said, regarding the challenge of reforming health care. "I think the time has come, that we need to do it, and to do it this year. The President's made it a priority; I know this committee has made it a priority. I know that Senator Baucus and Senator Grassley and the Finance Committee have made it a priority, and if we'll all just give and take a little, you know, we could end up with some pretty good legislation."

Wrapping up his introduction of Governor Sebelius, Senator Dole said, "The question is can we forge a bipartisan proposal that is accessible, available and affordable? And I think we can with steady and strong leadership, and Governor Sebelius is ready to lead us in that direction."

About the Bipartisan Policy Center:

In 2007, former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell founded the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) to develop and promote solutions that can attract the public support and political momentum to achieve real progress. The BPC acts as an incubator for policy efforts that engage top political figures, advocates, academics, and business leaders in the art of principled compromise. For more information please visit our website: http://www.bipartisanpolicy.org/


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