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Obama’s Next HHS Secretary Doesn’t Really Have Health-Care Experience
National Review ^ | 04/11/2014 | Patrick Brennan

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. “Burwell’s 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.

Burwell’s 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, she’s 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 administration’s Office of Management and Budget. There, she’s 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. Bush’s 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 state’s Medicaid system; Michael Leavitt did something similar as governor of Utah, implementing a reform program in 1994 called HealthPrint. Bill Clinton’s HHS secretary, Donna Shalala, doesn’t 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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: burwell; healthcare; hhs; obamacare; secretary; sylviaburwell
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1 posted on 04/11/2014 8:39:30 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

10 rules of an incompetent professional
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3143360/posts


2 posted on 04/11/2014 8:41:25 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: SeekAndFind

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?


3 posted on 04/11/2014 8:42:14 AM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: SeekAndFind

Why break with tradition?


4 posted on 04/11/2014 8:42:15 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


5 posted on 04/11/2014 8:42:32 AM PDT by Safrguns (PM me if you like to play Minecraft!)
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To: Paladin2

LOL the amazing part to me is that Sebelius was actually elected governor in a state like Kansas.


6 posted on 04/11/2014 8:43:45 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s OK. HHS isn’t really about healthcare anyway.


7 posted on 04/11/2014 8:44:05 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: SeekAndFind

So?
Who needs “experience”??

She’s a RELIABLE LEFTIST COMMIE and that’s all that matters.


8 posted on 04/11/2014 8:44:27 AM PDT by Flintlock ( islam is a LIE, mohammed was a CRIMINAL, sharia is POISON.)
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To: Black Agnes

good point


9 posted on 04/11/2014 8:45:00 AM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: SeekAndFind

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!


10 posted on 04/11/2014 8:45:05 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: SeekAndFind

The ability to lie about everything is the only skill that any Obunghole minion needs.


11 posted on 04/11/2014 8:45:24 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: SeekAndFind
It's the Cloward-Piven way.
12 posted on 04/11/2014 8:46:06 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket)
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To: Black Agnes

Neither is Obamacare.


13 posted on 04/11/2014 8:47:04 AM PDT by csmusaret (Will remove Obama-Biden bumperstickers for $10)
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To: SeekAndFind

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?


14 posted on 04/11/2014 8:47:08 AM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: nascarnation
The newly installed head of the BLM was a Harry Reed paid advisor just 3 years ago.

Now he is in charge of not handing out grazing leases.

15 posted on 04/11/2014 8:47:24 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind
No health experience but she *was* a close pal of Tiller The Killer....so she's fully qualified.
16 posted on 04/11/2014 8:47:30 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: SeekAndFind
Obama’s Next HHS Secretary Doesn’t Really Have Health-Care Experience

Inexperience from the top down always works! /S

17 posted on 04/11/2014 8:51:00 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: SeekAndFind

Why not a physician or surgeon?

Because ObamaCARE/RomneyCARE is not about healthcare.
It is about State control of life ... and death.


18 posted on 04/11/2014 8:51:48 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: rod1
Maybe a person with some actual biomedical experience would be worthwhile?

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,

19 posted on 04/11/2014 8:52:18 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: nascarnation

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.


20 posted on 04/11/2014 8:53:20 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What does he do use the phone book?


21 posted on 04/11/2014 8:53:38 AM PDT by Sophia777
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To: nascarnation

Kansas is pretty liberal compared to it’s neighbors.


22 posted on 04/11/2014 8:55:48 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: freedomfiter2

Did not know that, always associated it with Ike.


23 posted on 04/11/2014 8:57:07 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Obama’s Next HHS Secretary Doesn’t 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.


24 posted on 04/11/2014 8:57:21 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: SeekAndFind
"What difference, at this point, does it make?"


25 posted on 04/11/2014 8:59:29 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Sophia777

“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.


26 posted on 04/11/2014 9:01:50 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: SeekAndFind

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!


27 posted on 04/11/2014 9:04:06 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey mac daddies had no experience running anything although he has one outstanding quality, able to speak without ever uttering a word of truth.


28 posted on 04/11/2014 9:04:32 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: Don Corleone

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.


29 posted on 04/11/2014 9:08:04 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


30 posted on 04/11/2014 9:09:23 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: SeekAndFind

Is she a lesbian Marxist or did he settle for a Marxist lesbian?


31 posted on 04/11/2014 9:17:57 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: catnipman
My thought exactly. They keep hiring "TOKEN White's" to be their front person, they are expendable, as no one is going to "touch" this black adminstration.

I hope this "House of Cards" starts crumbling and people TALK before they meet up with an accidential suicide.

32 posted on 04/11/2014 9:18:15 AM PDT by annieokie
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To: SeekAndFind

She’s been in charge of charity programs...she should fit right in....


33 posted on 04/11/2014 9:21:35 AM PDT by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: nascarnation
the amazing part to me is that Sebelius was actually elected governor in a state like Kansas.

As I understand it that abortion mega-clinic doctor who ended up being murdered by an usher at his church essentially bought the election for her.


34 posted on 04/11/2014 9:29:14 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

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!


35 posted on 04/11/2014 9:33:06 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sebelius’ Replacement? The Person Who Shut Down the Veterans Memorials Last Year

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/04/11/sebelius-replacement-the-person-who-shut-down-the-veterans-memorials-last-year/


36 posted on 04/11/2014 9:42:47 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: SeekAndFind

at least she doesn’t have a hyphenated last name


37 posted on 04/11/2014 9:46:29 AM PDT by lesko
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To: Da Coyote

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.


38 posted on 04/11/2014 9:47:09 AM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: SeekAndFind

Standard operating procedure for this current evil administration.


39 posted on 04/11/2014 9:55:36 AM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


40 posted on 04/11/2014 9:55:45 AM PDT by Tallguy
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To: SeekAndFind

“most recently, running the Obama administration’s Office of Management and Budget. There, she’s 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...”


41 posted on 04/11/2014 10:11:16 AM PDT by Chewbarkah
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To: nascarnation

Ike was a big government kind of guy.


42 posted on 04/11/2014 10:12:56 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Sylvia Burwell . . . lacks substantial professional or political experience with health care.

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.

43 posted on 04/11/2014 10:33:59 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: mulligan

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.


44 posted on 04/11/2014 10:36:36 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind
"What difference, at this point, does it make?" - Hillary Clinton.

5.56mm

45 posted on 04/11/2014 10:38:31 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Pollster1

Why fold a consistent hand. Incompetence is the rule of the day in the 0 admin!


46 posted on 04/11/2014 10:39:16 AM PDT by DocJhn
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To: SeekAndFind

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


47 posted on 04/11/2014 10:42:51 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: DocJhn
Why fold a consistent hand. Incompetence is the rule of the day in the 0 admin!

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.

48 posted on 04/11/2014 10:48:29 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


49 posted on 04/11/2014 10:50:05 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Gaffer

One can be certain that she will increase the harm being experienced by the Republic.


50 posted on 04/11/2014 10:54:06 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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