The case for a major expansion of community health centers to provide primary care for all Americans was made at a Senate hearing on Thursday. Thomas Daschle, President-elect Barack Obama's choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services, was asked about health centers by Senator Bernie Sanders. "Senator Sanders, you speak so passionately about this," Daschle said. "I share your passion, if not your eloquence, and I strongly support the goal…I'm with you and would be very excited about the prospect of a partnership," the former South Dakota senator added at the first confirmation hearing for an Obama cabinet nominee. "The sooner we can get it done the better."
Sanders plans soon to reintroduce his legislation on health centers. The same bill in the last session of Congress was cosponsored by Obama as well as by health committee chairman Edward Kennedy and others.
To watch the exchange between Sanders and Daschle at the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, click here.