Obamacare Finds a Scapegoat

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Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, will resign his post at the end of March, officials said Thursday. He had been accused by Republicans of misleading Congress about the readiness of the Obamacare rollout.

The Obama administration learned of the resignation Wednesday after it was announced in an email by his boss, Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Cohen had been a California insurance regulator until he took the post in August, 2012. He had overseen regulatory implementation of the Obamacare health insurance marketplaces, roundly criticized by insurers and lawmakers.

Tavenner along with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, were the top officials with Cohen that assured Congress that Obamacare would be ready for the now infamous October 1, 2013 disastrous implementation of HealthCare.gov.

Republicans accused him of giving them misinformation. Cohen, who was not directly responsible for HealthCare.gov, blamed his reports on erroneous staff reports. But he was confronted face-to-face by two House of Representative Republicans in January angrily calling for his dismissal.

Cohen’s superior, Marilyn Tavenner wrote, “I asked Gary to make the personal sacrifice of moving to the East Coast and leaving his family to lead CCIIO. I am very grateful to Gary for his service and knew that the time would come when he would return home. He says that time is at the end of open enrollment.”

In other words, Cohen became a political scapegoat for his massive bureaucracy.

Obamacare is beginning to resemble “Peyton Place” more by the day.

Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. He has written more than 3500 national political and foreign affairs columns. His BS in journalism from the University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.

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Dwight has 30-years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. His first book, “Redistribution of Common Sense – Selective Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014,” was published in July, 2014. “The Game Changer – America’s Most Stunning Presidential Election in History,” was published in April 2017.

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