Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) who has been asked to serve as Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Edward Kennedy's (D-Mass.) chief deputy for health reform on the committee, met with prospective Health and Human Services secretary Tom Daschle today.

Daschle will be the top health policy official in President-elect Barack Obama's new administration, provided he is confirmed by the Senate, and is expected to take the lead in shepherding through Congress a significant expansion of health coverage as Obama seeks to fulfill one of his major campaign pledges: universal healthcare.

Dodd praised Daschle after the meeting in a statment issued by his office:

My meeting with Tom underscored what I already knew: that he is uniquely qualified to lead the next Administration