Exciting appointment speculation!
Jon Kingsdale (pictured) is the founding executive director of the Massachusetts Connector. That is to say, he built and runs the insurance exchange at the heart of the Massachusetts health-care reform. And as Alec MacGillis reports, he's resigning. "In my next venture," he said, "I hope to play some role in national healthcare reform."
Hmm. That could mean Kingsdale is going private, advising firms trying to understand how the new law affects them. It could mean he's going nonprofit, advising foundations and advocacy groups trying to maximize the new law's effectiveness. Or it could mean he'll be popping up at the White House soon. I'd hope for the latter: Kingsdale is one of very few people in the country who has experience implementing something like this, and the administration is going to need all the experience it can get. (To hear a bit more from Kingsdale, check out this interview we did in December.)
Which reminds me of another bit of appointment speculation I've been meaning to make: Mark McClellan was a senior adviser to George W. Bush, a former head of the FDA and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and remains a celebrated health-care policy expert. He's also been fairly positive -- without being uncritical -- on the Obama reforms, as you can see in this interview. Appointing him to a visible and important position would be an easy way to score some bipartisan points and grab someone who can talk to Republican legislators while also getting a good and experienced bureaucrat into place. Sweetening the pot is the fact that McClellan also has recent implementation experience, as he was in charge of the rocky, but ultimately successful, rollout of Medicare Part D.
Photo credit: NEHI.
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