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HHS candidate draws fire, fights back

Wall Street Journal, February 10, 2009

Healthcare advocates are actively campaigning to persuade Barack Obama to cross Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee off his short-list for secretary of Health and Human Services. At issue are cuts Gov. Bredesen engineered to Tennessee's Medicaid program, removing 168,000 people from the program in an effort to control costs. And, in an unusual move for an official under consideration, the governor is fighting back publicly.