Obama to Meet With Daschle Friday

Posted August 20, 2009 at 7:00pm

President Barack Obama on Friday will meet at the White House with former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.). The session is likely to focus on health care, according to one White House official.

Daschle had been Obama’s choice to serve as Health and Human Services Secretary and to lead the White House health care office, but he was forced to withdraw his nomination over questions about his taxes.

Daschle wrote a 2008 book about health care, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis,— and he has remained active on the issue since his withdrawal in February. He recently expressed support for taxing employer-provided benefits to help pay for the health care overhaul.