Is an Obamacare CEO in the cards for 2014?
Dismayed by the disaster that Obamacare is proving to be in the inept hands of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the crony capitalists of the U.S. health insurance business are pressuring President Obama to appoint a CEO to take control of the web of federal and state agencies now running the country’s health-care system.
According to a Reuters report, the idea’s biggest supporters include health care executives tired of amateur hour, Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of former Obama Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, and the liberal eggheads at the Center for American Progress, a far-lefty think tank founded by Obama senior adviser (and Clinton chief of staff) John Podesta.
So a healthcare czar has the blessing of the progressive hierarchs (assuming they believe in blessings), but at least some people in the White House seem cool to the idea, Reuters reported.
“This isn’t happening. It’s not being considered,” a senior administration official told Reuters.
But a new year is beginning, and a lot of things have happened with Obamacare just since October that weren’t “being considered” by the Obamacare illuminati when 2013 started. And Obama has had a fondness for unelected, unconfirmed “czars” taking important responsibilities since he botched his first oath of office back in 2009.
If Obama will appoint a communist 9/11 truther named Van Jones to a no-show , base-appeasing job like “green energy czar,” how unlikely is it that he’d pass up a chance to name a bona fide healthcare CEO to bring some efficiency to a really important project, like taking over one-sixth of the country’s economy?
In an op-ed for the New York Times in October, Emmanuel called it one of five things Obama could do to salvage his signature “achievement” before it’s too late. The other four things Emmanuel recommended were essentially different forms of public relations/marketing (read the piece here) that didn’t get to the root of the problem, which is Obamacare itself.
The administration has adopted some version of all four.
Now, it’s being pressured to appoint a high-profile Obamacare “CEO,” a move that has high public relations value, is likely to be ruinously expensive and in the long run will be unable to change the essentially flawed nature of the Democrats’ biggest dream in the past century.
Can an Obamacare “czar” be far behind?
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