February 15, 2013

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Tavenner May Be a Go

Marilyn Tavenner has been the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services since December 2011, but the Senate Democratic leadership spent all last year refusing to give her a confirmation hearing. Previously, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) said that he could not schedule a hearing on her nomination because it was “virtually impossible” to see how she could get the support of 60 senators. But now it appears Baucus has had a change of heart. On February 13 he told the Bureau of National Affairs the hearing would take place “soon.” 

Tavenner also picked up some high-profile GOP support this week. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is an old friend of Tavenner’s and has previously articulated his support for her. This week he issued the following formal public statement. “Marilyn Tavenner is eminently qualified to be the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. I have known Marilyn since my days in the Virginia State Legislature. She was an individual with a wealth of knowledge about the complexities of the healthcare system, and she came forward with solutions that actually made sense. Her experience is drawn from her time as a nurse and as a health system administrator. I always found her to be extremely professional and understanding of the value of the private sector in healthcare. I am convinced that with Marilyn we can work together to bring much needed reform to Medicare and Medicaid, and save them for those seniors and working families that rely on these programs. While I have no direct role in her confirmation, I do support her nomination.”

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