Catholic governor who was criticized by Archbishop is nominated as HHS secretary

A Catholic governor whose archbishop has told her not to receive Communion until she changes her stand on abortion is President Barack Obama’s latest choice for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The nomination of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as HHS secretary was announced March 2 at a White House news conference. The 60-year-old Sebelius has been governor of Kansas since 2003. “Health care reform that reduces costs while expanding coverage is no longer just a dream we hope to achieve — it’s a necessity we have to achieve,” Obama said in announcing his selection of Sebelius as HHS secretary and Nancy-Ann DeParle, a health care expert in the Clinton administration, as director of the White House Office for Health Reform.