POLITICS
04/02/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Nancy-Ann DeParle, Health Aide Tapped By Obama, Has Links To Industry

In picking Nancy-Ann DeParle to champion an overhaul of the nation's health system, President Obama selected someone with deep roots in the Washington bureaucracy, an intimate familiarity with health policy and respect on both sides of the political aisle -- not to mention degrees from Harvard Law School and Oxford University.

But in putting Ms. DeParle in charge of an issue that has bedeviled presidents for decades, Mr. Obama also chose to overlook Ms. DeParle's business ties to companies that have a direct stake in the health care debate.

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