Richard Sorian: Power List 2011

Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, US Dept. of Health and Human Services

When he was nominated by President Obama for the post in March 2010, Richard Sorian delivered a three-page statement to bolster his candidacy. "Public affairs can play a key role in making sure critical reforms are implemented successfully," he said. "Helping people understand their rights and responsibilities is essential to success."

That philosophy will serve him well as healthcare reform remains top of mind to all Americans. In fact, through being charged with communicating to stakeholders and citizens the implications and changes connected to the new system, Sorian will be busy for the foreseeable future.

However, few are as equipped to handle this responsibility as Sorian. His career has been dedicated to explaining complex healthcare policy as a reporter, writer, government official, and researcher, so his ability to craft clear messages for the press and public alike is unquestioned.


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