Seven months and counting.
If cuts to Medicare are so important to paying for the Progressives “single-payer, government-run” health care plan, why has the President still not filled the position of Director of CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)? To quote from the New York Times (the whole article can be found here):
The agency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is the largest buyer of health care in the United States. Its programs are at the heart of efforts to overhaul the health care system. If it had an administrator, that person would be working with Congress on legislation and could be preparing the agency for a new, expanded role.
So, the “largest buyer of health care in the United States” is without an appointed and confirmed leader. The President has proposed that cuts to Medicaid and Medicare would pay for $313 billion of the needed $1+ trillion to pay for his system. Wouldn’t you think that 1) If you could cut $313 billion without effecting service levels that we ought to do that right now? and 2) that someone should be in charge of these agencies that affect the healthcare of tens of millions of Americans if healthcare were truly important to the Administration?
Dozens of blue dog Democrats have gone home to get beaten up over the set of proposals being laid forth in the Pelosi Congress, but there is no one running CMS. Even Sen. John Rockefeller, no blue dog, is quoted as saying, “You need a general. It’s a big problem. I can’t explain it.”