As Ezra Klein points out, this means Obama is dead serious about getting Obamacare signed into law.
CNN is reporting that Tom Daschle will not only be Health and Human Services Secretary, but also health reform czar under the Obama administration. This is huge news, and the clearest evidence yet that Obama means to pursue comprehensive health reform. You don't tap the former Senate Majority Leader to run your health care bureaucracy. That's not his skill set. You tap him to get your health care plan through Congress. You tap him because he understands the parliamentary tricks and has a deep knowledge of the ideologies and incentives of the relevant players. You tap him because you understand that health care reform runs through the Senate. And he accepts because he has been assured that you mean to attempt health care reform.And I agree with his analysis 100%. Obama may be playing politics with Clinton and State, but he's playing politics to win with HHS.
Considering the seriousness he's taking this with, new tag: Obamacare.