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Daschle Health Care Video Addresses Americans Directly (VIDEO)

01/02/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The commitment of Barack Obama to have an open dialogue, whether it be in revealing donors or crafting policy, is one of the defining features of his early transition effort.

On Tuesday, his office put out another video, building off of one released last week, in which former Sen. Tom Daschle -- who will be heading the Department of Health and Human Services -- and adviser Lauren Aronson discuss health care reform. There is nothing particularly groundbreaking in the three-minute long clip. It consists mostly of personal stories and general policy topics (like preventative care and cost containment, among them).

But, as the Huffington Post reported earlier, the mere fact that they are releasing this video -- after soliciting some 3,500 comments from the earlier clip -- signifies a major step forward in health care reform. Obama wants the public to feel like a shareholder in the process, and he certainly hopes to avoid the pitfalls that doomed the closed-off effort that Hillary Clinton launched in 1993.

As Daschle says to the camera: "We want to keep this a very open process. We want to make sure that you understand how important those comments and your contributions are. We really want to hear from you. And already we've begun to follow through on some of the ideas."

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