Sebelius Wins Praise as Next Health Chief

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is winning praise as she expects to be nominated as President Barack Obama's health secretary Monday.

Sebelius is getting support from several Republican governors and from the chairman of the Senate panel that will handle her nomination.

Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, says Sebelius would make a ``strong partner'' in revamping the health care system.

Republican Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, Sonny Perdue of Georgia and Jon Huntsman of Utah also applauded her nomination.

Kansas' two senators, both Republicans, offered words of praise.

Sens. Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback could be allies in defusing any opposition to her nomination.

The health insurance industry and consumer groups have responded favorably to Sebelius' nomination.

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