Senator Daschle recently worked on another bipartisan effort with another former Senate Majority Leader -- Senator Bill Frist -- on the ONE Vote 08 campaign addressing health and poverty in developing countries.
As most of you know, Senator Daschle has spent a good part of his career focused on health care. He has demonstrated his interest in leading on health throughout his career in the House and Senate. He has written a book, "Critical," on reforming the system.
What is important is that the President-Elect has selected an individual who begins the important task of reforming health care with 1) the ability to hit the ground running and 2) the understanding of the concerns of the members of this committee and this body, being the only Senator ever to serve twice as both majority and minority leader. His 8 years in the House, will also be a big plus in dealing with Congress.
Senator Daschle and I both believe politics is an honorable profession. He is a role model to many because he knows how he got here, who he is, and he has not forgotten his legion of friends in South Dakota who sent him here.
Having been around the process a long time, I have the sense the time has come for real constructive, bipartisan action on health care. The American people and Congress are ready to address the uninsured and the spiraling costs associated with care. If you feel as we do, we have a nominee who understands bipartisanship is best in the long run, even though with the big Democratic majority he may not need Republicans.
I wish you all a good New Year and look forward to watching Tom's progress. Thank you.
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