Love It or Leavitt
We on the the 13th Floor have long admired Mike Leavitt. As governor of Utah and the fedeal Secretary of Health and Human Services, ...
We on the the 13th Floor have long admired Mike Leavitt.
As governor of Utah and the fedeal Secretary of Health and Human Services, he has demonstrated real foresight and proven to be a committed and meticulous administrator.
Yet just now there is a whiff of hypsocrisy about him. Leavitt yesterday rejected plans touted by congressional Democarats to change the Medicare prescription drug program to allow the government to negotiate discounts on prices.
He said it would be the first step toward a government-run health system.
"The idea of the government negotiating drug prices really isn't about the government negotiating drug prices. It's a surrogate for a much larger issue, which is really government-run health care."
What makes this hypocritical? Leavitt had spent much of the past year arguing that the government should use its purchasing power to force changes in the health care system.
He has lobbied governors and Fortune 500 company CEOs to negotiate contracts that would require better quality control and ultimately better prcies.
President Bush issued an executive order in August to encourage federal agencies to do the same. link to AG's story from a couple months ago
At the National Governors Association meeting this summer, Leavitt told governors that government should use its power as a purchaser to force changes in the health care system.
We'll be curious to know more about why he feels so differently when it comes to prescription drugs.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Will Florida Gay Couples Really Be Able to Marry on January 6?8 hours ago
Somerville, Mass., Will Issue 'Scarlett Letters' for Unshoveled Sidewalks8 hours ago
The Week in Public Finance: Traffic Cam Drama, Retiree Healthcare and Another D.C. Shoutout10 hours ago
Supreme Court Rules Arizona Must Issue Driver's Licenses to Immigrants16 hours ago
The Woman Obama Picked to Improve Police Relationships with the Public16 hours ago
Ferguson's Inequality Fight Moves into the Courtroom17 hours ago