Former HHS Head Offers His Insight Into The Health Law's Problems

Kaiser Health News staff writer Julie Appleby talked with Michael O. Leavitt, secretary of Health and Human Services during the George W. Bush administration, who oversaw another troubled rollout — that of the Medicare prescription drug benefit in 2006. It also was criticized for computer glitches, long waits for telephone assistance and consumers incorrectly enrolled in coverage. Leavitt, a former Utah governor who opposed the Affordable Care Act, now runs Leavitt Partners, a consulting firm that works with health care organizations and state governments on implementing the law (Appleby, 1/8). Read an edited transcript of the conversation.

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