January 13, 2009—-  Reuters is reporting today that U.S. President-elect Barack Obama intends to nominate the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids head William Corr as deputy secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Obama’s nominee for health secretary, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, told Congress last week that he would aggressively pursue healthcare reform and work to restore confidence in federal health agencies.

 

If confirmed, Daschle would head the incoming administration’s effort to retool the nearly $2.3 trillion U.S. health care system.

 

“Under the leadership of Tom Daschle and Bill Corr, I am confident that my Department of Health and Human Services will bring people together to reach consensus on how to move forward with health care reform,” Obama said in a statement.

 

Before joining the privately funded Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids organization in 2000, Corr was Daschle’s chief counsel and policy director when the former South Dakota senator was Senate minority leader.