Liberals and conservative have grave ethical concerns about Andy Slavitt, a former health care executive President Barack Obama nominated as his top administrator at the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Slavitt’s confirmation hearings could serve as a high-profile flash point about the revolving door that exists between the government and the healthcare industry, especially in Obamacare.
The hearings could also give Congress to peek into the close links between the Obama administration and United Health Group, Slavitt’s former employer and the nation’s largest health insurer.
The White House went out of its way to bury the Slavitt announcement, issuing an after-hours statement with his name the last of four on the nominee list. The other names included minor appointments for an AMTRAK board position and another for the U.S. Mint.