Health Policy Speech Options on the Eve of the State of the Union
Posted Feb 11 2013 9:58pm
It's the eve of Mr. Obama's State of the Union address (or, as the beltway cognoscenti apparently refer to it, "SOTU").
What better way for the Disease Management Care Blog readers to mark this momentous occasion than by pretending that we're in the Oval Office advising the President on the best way forward?
Here are some your options in helping our Chief Executive dispatch the problematic sequester, sustainable growth rate, Medicare and health reform. Who knows, maybe someone from the White House is paying attention.....
Realizing that the sequester is both a bad deal for Medicare and a trap for the Democratic party, you recommend 1. compromising, 2. changing the subject back to " evil insurers ," 3. a series of heartland speeches with nodding fawning accountants sharing the stage that explains to the American people the federal budget sequester and why you signed the enabling legislation in the first place, 4. hiring a Kardashian lawyer because he'll know how to arrange a quickie divorce from the sequester deal.
You want mention Marilyn Tavenner, Acting Director for CMS , and ask that she confirmed by the Senate. To make this happen, you advise the President to 1. nominate her in the regular course of business and trust the Senate will do the right thing, 2. ask her to change the subject to the White House meme of " corporate jets ," 3. announce she will expand the care management program for FFS Medicare beneficiaries, ignoring, for the moment, that that is the largest insured population in the U.S. without that benefit, 4. fix the Chuck Hagel debacle by changing Ms. Taveneer's nomination to Secretary of Defense