We’re coming up on the 7th anniversary of the last Senate confirmation of a CMS administrator. Seven years! There have been a succession of interim or acting administrators since, most notably the brilliant, visionary, and ultimately polarizing Don Berwick. Politico has a great piece out today on why our favorite agency has been in the wilderness for so long, and the implications of such long-term “temporary” leadership.
It’s time to put partisanship aside and confirm Marilyn Tavenner. This agency has WAY too much crucial work ahead this year for her to not enjoy the full authority of the title Administrator.