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Clinton names 3 transition leaders with health experience

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign has published a list of senior transition leaders that includes at least three people with some health policy experience.

The candidate’s Clinton-Kaine Transition Project is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. It will help Clinton take over responsibility for the executive branch of the government if she becomes president in January 2017.

Neera Tanden, the co-chairwoman of the group, is now president of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for American Progress, an organization that describes itself as “an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas.”

Tanden took over as head of the center in November 2011.

Kathleen Sebelius, a former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, named her to serve as a senior advisor at HHS in May 2009. The Clinton-Kaine transition group says she helped HHS get the legislation that created the Affordable Care Act enacted.

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Tanden has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and a law degree at Yale. She has worked as a domestic policy advisor for Clinton, and for President Obama’s presidential campaign. Her Center for American Progress biography and LinkedIn entries do not show her as having had any jobs in the private sector, other than at the Center for American Progress.

The Clinton-Kaine transition team has picked Heather Boushey to be its chief economist. Boushey is executive director and chief economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. From 2008 through November 2013, she was an economist at the Center for American Progress. 

Boushey has a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College and a doctorate in economics from the New School for Social Research. In the past, she has written some informal articles and papers that touch on health insurance. In 2002, for example, she wrote, in a paper published by the Economic Policy Institute, that access to employer-sponsored health benefits can help working mothers stay employed.

The only jobs Boushey lists in her Equitable Growth center bio are at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and in think tanks.

The transition group has named Ann O’Leary co-executive director. O’Leary was director of the Children and Families Program at Next Generation, a nonprofit, Web-based group that says it supports clean energy and programs that help children and families.

O’Leary has worked as an aide in the White house, as an aide to Clinton, and as a deputy city attorney in San Francisco. She has been on the board of KQED, a public radio station. She has also worked for other nonprofit organizations that work to help poor people and children. Her transition group biography and LinkedIn entry do not list any private-sector jobs.


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