Cybele Bjorklund, Minority Staff Director, Health Subcommittee

Cybele Bjorklund, Minority Staff Director, Health Subcommittee
National Journal
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Stacy Kaper
Oct. 23, 2013, 2 p.m.

Bjorklund came to Wash­ing­ton in the early ‘90s straight out of grad school dur­ing the tail end of Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton’s failed health care re­form ef­fort, des­per­ate to make a dif­fer­ence and afraid they would fin­ish the work without her.

Need­less to say that didn’t hap­pen, but it was in­tense and sat­is­fy­ing years later when Bjorklund was able to play a role in bring­ing the Af­ford­able Care Act to fruition.

She has served on the Ways and Means Com­mit­tee since 2001. Bjorklund, 46, came over from the of­fice of the late Sen. Ed­ward Kennedy, D-Mass., where she handled health care, Medi­care, and the Chil­dren’s Health In­sur­ance Pro­gram. Be­fore then, she worked for then-Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Tom Daschle, D-S.D.

At Ways and Means, she has a lead role mon­it­or­ing the health care law and ex­plain­ing how it works while try­ing to en­sure its suc­cess­ful im­ple­ment­a­tion at a time when the Re­pub­lic­an House ma­jor­ity is fo­cused on tear­ing the law apart.