Rahm Emanuel Didn't Kill 'Public Option,' Says Kathleen Sebelius

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Rahm Emanuel's White House chief of staff role wasn't in crafting policy, but in managing strategy, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters Thursday.

With Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's chief of staff, expected to announce his resignation on Friday so he can run for mayor of Chicago, major government officials are speaking out about his role during the first two years of the Obama administration.

The latest analysis came Thursday morning when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was the guest at a Monitor- sponsored breakfast for reporters. Asked about Mr. Emanuel's role in getting health-care reform through Congress, Secretary Sebelius described Emanuel as not "deeply involved in the policy decisions. The president really did that."

Instead, Sebelius said, Emanuel's role was "more in just the tactical - how do we get from here to there? What is the pathway? What's the vote look like? Who do we need? Who don't we have? And he was very hands-on in every step of that process. And it was an interesting and somewhat tortuous process because it changed a number of times. …


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