By Elise Viebeck - 12/20/12 01:51 PM EST
"I am also committed to working closely with the administration to ensure the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including the Prevention and Public Health title — an effort decades in the making to change our ‘sick care’ system into a genuine healthcare system," Harkin said.
The Iowa Democrat has run HELP since 2009, when he took over for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.). He also leads the Appropriations subpanel that funds health, education and labor.
"It was my good friend Sen. Inouye who said that these issues are the issues that define America. I couldn’t agree more," Harkin said.