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At his news conference, Mr. Obama also announced the creation of a new White House Office of Health Reform, naming Mr. Daschle its director and Dr. Jeanne Lambrew as deputy director. They will oversee Mr. Obama’s push to pass his health care plan, laid out during the campaign.

The president-elect, who during the campaign criticized the secrecy of rival candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s earlier health care effort, said his team will air some of their deliberations on television.