President Barak Obama announced changes to the healthcare system on Monday, appointing two key officials, including a new Health and Human Services secretary.
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will take the helm at the HHS, a department with wide-ranging responsibilities essential to the American people, including the implementation of the President's vision for health care.
As Secretary, Sebelius will work with Democrats and Republicans alike to cut costs, expand access, and improve the quality of health care for all Americans.
The White House office for health reform will also be under new directorship as Nancy-Ann DeParle, one of the nation's leading experts on health care and regulatory issues takes up the position.
We must realize that fixing what's wrong with our health care system is no longer just a moral imperative, but a fiscal imperative. Health care reform that reduces costs while expanding coverage is no longer just a dream we hope to achieve – it's a necessity we have to achieve, said President Obama.
President Obama today also announced the release of $155 million authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will support 126 new health centers.
These health centers will provide health care to an estimated 750,000 Americans across the country as well as create 5,500 new jobs.