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The case of the missing secretary: DHEW's failed efforts to create a Cabinet secretary of health.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
American journal of public health
Publication Date
Volume
87
Issue
4
Pages
681–686
Identifiers
PMID: 9146455
Source
Medline

Abstract

In response to professional and political pressures in 1967, an incident occurred at the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare that illustrates the delicacy and complexity of the legislative process. In an effort to bypass interest group influences, the undersecretary of the Department undertook a maneuver that backfired and frustrated an opportunity that might have resulted in the establishment of a Cabinet office of Health. In addition to demonstrating the sensitivity of the legislative process, and the dangers of overconfidence in dealing with the process, the events also offer moral guidance: too stubborn, idealistic convictions of good people, however well intentioned the actions, may serve to defeat the desired ends.

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