Affordable Care Act, leaked memo, David Cutler, Obamacare

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(public domain)  A leaked memo from Washington insider David Cutler warned the administration in 2010 that Obamacare would be unsuccessful because of personnel issues.

On Saturday, the Washington Post reported that a memo written by David Cutler, a Harvard University professor, warned the Obama administration of serious flaws in the planned roll-out of the Affordable Care Act. In particular, Cutler, health adviser to the President’s 2008 campaign, emphasized that those in charge lacked the necessary experience of running a business start-up. Noting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as key to execution of the new healthcare law, he said both personnel and the processes in place might not be ‘up to the task.’

“The Agency is demoralized, the best people have left, IT services are antiquated, and there are fewer employees than in 1981, despite a much larger burden,” Cutler stated in his memo sent to Larry Summers, director of the United States National Economic Council, on May 11, 2010.

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