Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, has agreed to become Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Obama Administration.
Sebelius served as executive director and chief lobbyist for the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association (now Kansas Association for Justice) from 1977-1986. Before being elected governor in 2002, she also served as Kansas Insurance Commissioner, an elective office.
During the 2007 legislative session, Sebelius vetoed S.B. 55, which -- in her terms -- sought to exempt the entire health care industry from the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. She signed a follow-up bill, H.B. 2451. From her office's news relase:
HB 2451 amends the Kansas Consumer Protection Act (KCPA) regarding health care providers. Under this bill, the KCPA will not provide a private cause of action or remedy against a licensed health care provider for personal injury or death resulting, or alleged to have resulted from medical negligence. This bill is the compromise that was reached after SB 55 was vetoed.
Well, it's not as if any health care reform package coming out of the Obama Administration was going to embrace medical malpractice reform.