Government

Former Obama aide returning to work on health law

FILE - This Nov. 4, 2010 file photo shows Phil Schiliro, then-assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, listening as President Barack Obama makes a statement to reporters after meeting with his staff and Cabinet members in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington. Schiliro, a former top aide to President Barack Obama is returning to the White House to coordinate policy aspects of the Affordable Care Act health care law. Schiliro was Obamaís top liaison to Capitol Hill when he helped usher the law through Congress in early 2010. He left the White House about two years ago and moved to New Mexico, where he opened a business consulting nonprofits.
FILE - This Nov. 4, 2010 file photo shows Phil Schiliro, then-assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, listening as President Barack Obama makes a statement to reporters after meeting with his staff and Cabinet members in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington. Schiliro, a former top aide to President Barack Obama is returning to the White House to coordinate policy aspects of the Affordable Care Act health care law. Schiliro was Obamaís top liaison to Capitol Hill when he helped usher the law through Congress in early 2010. He left the White House about two years ago and moved to New Mexico, where he opened a business consulting nonprofits.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top aide to President Barack Obama is returning to the White House to coordinate policy aspects of the health care law.

Phil Schiliro was Obama's top liaison to Capitol Hill when he helped push the law through Congress in early 2010.

He left the White House about two years ago and moved to New Mexico, where he opened a business consulting nonprofit group.

In a statement provided by the White House, Schiliro says he wants to help the effort to put the law in place because it's important to Obama and because it's "worth fighting for."

The New York Times first reported on Schiliro's return.

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