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DeParle, Nancy-Ann (Health Czar)

Title: Counselor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Health Reform
Reports to: President Obama
Department that handles similar issues: Health and Human Services
Duties: Coordinates the development of the Obama administration's healthcare policy agenda


  • Was born December 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Earned a BS in history from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1978
  • Earned a BA in politics, philosophy and economics from Balliol College, Oxford University, in 1981
  • Earned J.D. from Harvard Law School, 1983
  • Earned M.Sc. from Oxford University, 1986
  • Became associate director for health and personnel at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in 1993, serving as the OMB’s representative on health-care reform during Bill Clinton’s first term
  • Ran Medicare and Medicaid as director of the Healthcare Financing Administration, 1997 to 2000 (oversaw $600 billion in federal spending on 74 million Americans)
  • Was a Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics (2000 to 2001), where she participated in
    Harvard’s Health Care Policy Forum and led a weekly study group on reforming Medicare
  • Has been Managing Director of CCMP Capital since 2001
  • Has been adjunct professor (focusing on healthcare policy) at the Wharton School of Business since 2001
  • Has been Commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission since 2001
  • Sat on the boards of numerous health companies, from medical treatment producers to hospital systems, from 2001 to 2008. One of these was Cerner Corporation, a company that supplies healthcare information technology solutions.
  • According to RFDAmerica.com, DeParle “received over 5.3 million dollars from healthcare companies that have a horse in Obama's race to reform the healthcare system. She's also earned at least $3.5 million from the sale of certain medical stocks that also have a stake in the outcome of healthcare reform. Cerner, where she served on the board of directors, has a direct interest in Obama's plan to digitalize health records. Oh yeah, there's $15 billion in stimulus money to fund the transfer to electronic information. Cerner … boasts that [it is] in position to provide the government with all the electronic information it needs.”

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