February 3rd, 2009
04:45 PM ET

Daschle is Done. Health Reform Is (Probably) Not.

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Jonathan Cohn
The New Republic

Can health care reform go ahead, this year, even without Tom Daschle? Yes.

Does this episode–and Daschle's absence–make the task of enacting health care reform harder? Yes, although how much harder is difficult to say right now.

Daschle had a combination of talents not easy to find in one person–poiltical savvy, connections in Washington, and a thorough knowledge of health care policy. But that doesn't mean you can't replace those skills, particularly if you're willing to find several people instead of one.

Remember that Daschle was actually up for two posts. He was going to run the White House office of health care reform. And he was going to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.


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