Skip to comments.Obama’s Next HHS Secretary Doesn’t Really Have Health-Care Experience
Posted on 04/11/2014 8:39:30 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Sylvia Burwell, whom President Obama is expected to nominate to replace Kathleen Sebelius as the secretary of health and human services, has a long professional career in business and consulting, but lacks substantial professional or political experience with health care.
Her résumé, according to Dan Diamond of the Advisory Board, only includes a stint as a board member at the University of Washington Medical Center. Burwells track record in health care is not well-established, Diamond writes in a briefing for the Advisory Board, a health-care consulting firm.
Her predecessor, Secretary Sebelius, served as Kansas state insurance commissioner for eight years, giving her control over, for instance, regulating health insurers and approving or rejecting the premiums they set.
Burwells private-sector experience has been with McKinsey, where she did consulting for financial services firms, and the Gates and Walmart Foundations, where she held executive positions. In the public sector, shes worked on the budget and economics side of things, working for the National Economic Council in the Clinton White House and, most recently, running the Obama administrations Office of Management and Budget. There, shes been widely praised, and the OMB does of course have to deal with the implementation of federal health-care programs.
To be fair, neither of George W. Bushs HHS secretaries had private-sector health-care experience, but both of them were governors, and each state administers its own Medicaid program, which makes of the largest single expenditure in every state (I think). Moreover, they had experience implementing significant health-care reforms of their own: Tommy Thompson created BadgerCare while governor of Wisconsin, which expanded that states Medicaid system; Michael Leavitt did something similar as governor of Utah, implementing a reform program in 1994 called HealthPrint. Bill Clintons HHS secretary, Donna Shalala, doesnt seem to have had health-care experience. None of them, one notes, had to implement a sweeping reform of the United States health-care system.
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doesn’t surprise me... look at the top. did he have any experience running anything?
fie!!.... who needs experience... good intentions should be enough, right?
Why break with tradition?
There is not a person alive today, nor was there EVER a person alive with the competence or experience to make something like Obamacare work.
The system is designed to fail.
Anyone who is appointed to run it is nothing more than a patsy.
LOL the amazing part to me is that Sebelius was actually elected governor in a state like Kansas.
That’s OK. HHS isn’t really about healthcare anyway.
Who needs “experience”??
She’s a RELIABLE LEFTIST COMMIE and that’s all that matters.
Given the Obamadork’s record...what official in his “adminsitration” has any useful experience in anything...let alone in the positions they’re supposed to supervise.
This is the greatest collection of talentless slugs evah!
The ability to lie about everything is the only skill that any Obunghole minion needs.
Neither is Obamacare.
It is incredible to think that these are the people overseeing the NIH (which is under HHS).
Maybe a person with some actual biomedical experience would be worthwhile?
Now he is in charge of not handing out grazing leases.
Inexperience from the top down always works! /S
Why not a physician or surgeon?
Because ObamaCARE/RomneyCARE is not about healthcare.
It is about State control of life ... and death.
Rumor has it that that surgeon in LA (Vlasic is his name IIRC) who's a member of the Animal Liberation Front and has openly and specifically said that he'd support the murder of medical researchers who work with animals might be available.I understand that he's on Osama Obama's short list for the post,
Her father was also governor - their own version of a political dynasty? Kansas hasn’t always been a state dominated by Republican politics but more of the old style Truman Democrat.
My parents, whom have been gone for a lot of years, were Democrat to the core but it was a totally different back then. We had lots of guns in the house, my dad was an avid hunter, we went to church several times a week, my mom owned her own business, and they were weekend farmers.
What does he do use the phone book?
Kansas is pretty liberal compared to it’s neighbors.
Did not know that, always associated it with Ike.
“Obamas Next HHS Secretary Doesnt Really Have Health-Care Experience”
That’s not the point. Obama just needs someone to absorb the blame. Then after Sylvia has absorbed so much blame she is no longer useful in that capacity, she too can be fired and go on to make a 5 million dollar salary running the industry she supposedly used to regulate.
“What does he do use the phone book?”
If he selected someone at random from the phone book we would doubtless have a better candidate. He selects for ideological purity. That guarantees a bad candidate. But as posters above opined, Obamacare can’t be turned around by anybody regardless of competence. It is bad from the foundation up.
Wasn’t she the one who oversaw the closing down of the memorials, roads etc. during the budget brouhaha? An Obamabot through and through and shes being lauded by the likes of McCain. That doubly disqualifies her IMHO!
Hey mac daddies had no experience running anything although he has one outstanding quality, able to speak without ever uttering a word of truth.
Yes, yes she was. People may recall that during the flap over the barricading of the WWII Memorial (which denied WWII vets and their families access to it) the NPS Rangers were pointing fingers right at OMB/her.
Regulators from ‘industry’ are more likely to be captive to those they’re regulating anyway.
Here, she won’t get any fancy ideas that Obama’s handlers have to squelch.
And, she’s a veteran of liberal foundations, which means she’s a true believer.
Is she a lesbian Marxist or did he settle for a Marxist lesbian?
I hope this "House of Cards" starts crumbling and people TALK before they meet up with an accidential suicide.
She’s been in charge of charity programs...she should fit right in....
The Democrats are missing a huge opportunity here.
They should appoing Hillary Clinton to HHS.
She can disappear into her office for a month, and then emerge and make a speech declaring that she has fixed Obamacare and that any remaining problems are minor. Then she can just sit back and dare the round-heeled media to contradict her.
We would wind up throwing her a ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes.
Aw, Hell, I shouldn’t be giving them any bright ideas!
Sebelius Replacement? The Person Who Shut Down the Veterans Memorials Last Year
at least she doesn’t have a hyphenated last name
She looks like she is about 19 years old like that girl at the State Dept or Pentagon that held up that silly tweet picture. They all act like a bunch of teenagers with the selfies and immature behavior. BO and Holder included. Whining all the time about how persecuted they are. Makes me sick.
Standard operating procedure for this current evil administration.
Theory: Burwell was the conduit thru which Sebillius’ orders were transmitted from the WH to HHS. And that is the extent of her qualifications for the job.
Burwell knows where the skeletons are buried.
“most recently, running the Obama administrations Office of Management and Budget. There, shes been widely praised,”
I am not sure what role she actually played in making them, but Obama’s budgets been fiascos, taken as farce even by the Democrats. The current budget just garnered THREE, count-em’ THREE, votes in the House. With “wide praise” like that, she’s perfect for running HHS and ObamaCare in the manner to which Obama is accustomed. “Heck of a job Sylvie...”
Ike was a big government kind of guy.
I don't see that as a problem. HHS is supposed to turn into a revenue source through the IRS and an expense item disbursing that revenue and other favors to those with political connections. There is no longer any connection to medical care. As long as she takes orders well in terms of granting waivers from that terrible law to those who purchase such favors, that's what she's there for.
Did anyone actually expect competence?
Ridiculous. These are the people that think they can run anything and everything because they inherently believe themselves to be superior.
Why fold a consistent hand. Incompetence is the rule of the day in the 0 admin!
Obama does not either,this broad is a dictator according to Obamacare,as the secretary shall determine is in there over 200 times,that’s all she needs to know,whatever she says goes,PERIOD
I'm not worried. The Obama Klan has enough incompetence sitting on the bench that they can lose quite a few stellar incompetents and still field a full team of destructively incompetent losers.
Well, apparently NONE of any of the whole damned department did either. What the hell does healthcare have to do with it? They thimk [this is intentional], they muse and chew their cud, and they decide what is bestest for us all. Wave of the hand, ink of the pen and it is complete and final law. Plus, they can take any number of the thousand-plus “...at the Secretary’s discretion....” and do whatever the hell they want.
You can’t show me one Democrat that even read the effing bill before he/she voted on it and it became (it was deemed) law.
The only ‘reading’ of it that has been going on since then is some dinosaur Democrat ordering his staffers to read the bill and find out snippets where they can try to refute actual facts of it.
All of these people should be charged, indicted, tried, convicted and sentenced to death.
One can be certain that she will increase the harm being experienced by the Republic.