Former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius was sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Health Tuesday in the Oval Office attended the ceremony with President Barack Obama, just hours after the Senate confirmed his appointment.
“We wanted to swear in his right because we have a major public health problem that requires your immediate attention and that the outbreak of H1N1 influenza,” said Obama.
“I am delighted that we Sebelius Secretary to take the reins. It shall be immediately informed about the issues we are working right now,” he said after the ceremony, which was conducted by the Executive Secretary of the White House with the President celebration of the Bible in which he was sworn.
After the inauguration, Sebelius immediately went to a briefing on the situation of influenza with Obama National Security Advisor John Brennan, spokesman for the White House said Reid Cherlin.
The Senate confirmed Sebelius as secretary of health in a 65-31 vote earlier in the day, fill a place in Obama’s cabinet amid growing fears of a possible pandemic of swine flu.
The Senate gave the Republican opposition to his candidacy because of his support for abortion rights. Sebelius has been used by Obama to lead his push for the overhaul of U.S. health care system.
But she served as health of the United States rush to prepare for a possible widespread outbreak of a new strain of flu that has killed dozens of people in Mexico and at least 64 patients in the United States.
Allows confirmation of Obama Sebelius to fill the seat of his cabinet. Democrats said the outbreak of swine flu even more important to end the delay in filling the post.
“It is essential to the health of the nation that the President has called Obama and the nation launched a secretary of Health and Human Services to ensure that our federal efforts in this potential pandemic are well coordinated,” said Democratic Senator Mark Warner.
Sebelius appointment was delayed by Republicans opposed to his support for abortion rights and not their first report of all campaign contributions from a doctor who performs the abortion.
Sebelius, a former insurance commissioner, will lead to the dynamics Obama to adopt later this year, a consideration of U.S. $ 2.5 billion in health care industry, one of the main objectives of the policy of his administration .