Thomas Daschle, the Obama nominee for Health and Human Services secretary, says public comments posted on an Obama transition team Web site show that Americans want the government to address rising health care costs.
“It’s one of the biggest issues driving the whole health care debate,” said Daschle, a former Democratic senator from South Dakota and a former Senate majority leader. “Everyone says, ‘If we don’t control costs, we haven’t solved this health care problem.’”
President-elect Barack Obama’s Health Care Policy Working Group last week asked members of the public to post their thoughts about health care on a Web page.
Members of the public responded by posting about 3,500 comments, Daschle said Tuesday in a video response to the comments.
“I spent a lot of the weekend reading the comments,” Daschle said.
Daschle, who is the head of the Obama transition team’s health care working group, and another working group member, Lauren Aronson, took note of comments that suggested the country should place more emphasis on preventive health care.