President Obama set the stage late Thursday for yet another bitter battle with Congress with an after-hours nomination of a healthcare executive with huge conflict of interest problems to head the government agency running Obamacare.
Andy Slavitt, already the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is Obama’s choice for the official appointment. The White House listed Slavitt’s nomination along with three others, none of which are for positions of comparable prominence or importance.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch promptly issued statements that gave a hint of the battle royale to come as Slavitt’s nomination goes forward in the Senate.
The debate is likely to be as much about Obamacare as it is about Slavitt’s fitness for the position.