I want to make a modest proposal to figure out how to have California acquire the United States of America.
With, of course, some kind of antitrust exception that would allow states that think California is too flaky do something else.
The thought came to me yesterday when I took a sick day and had the time to watch the full House Energy & Commerce hearing on the HealthCare.gov federal exchange enrollment site problems and the Covered California board meeting.
The House hearing generated little information. Most of the people were either just talking to talk or lawyered up to the point that they could only say their name, rank and serial numbers.
At some point, Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, made the great point that the hearing witnesses really couldn’t, or wouldn’t, name any Obama administration officials other than Henry Chao as being in charge of exchange implementation decisions.
Since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law, it’s been interesting to see that the administration’s organizational chart has usually been completely out-of-date and has always been full of holes. That’s probably partly due to Republican budget-cutting, but, for me, it’s been really hard to even find the names of any U.S. Department of Health and Human Services implementers other than Kathleen Sebelius, Marilyn Tavenner and Gary Cohen.