The head of Mitt Romney’s transition team is also working on another transition. The NYTimes reports in a story buried in today’s paper that Michael O. Leavitt runs a company helping states set up insurance exchanges in preparation for thefull implementation of the Obama health law. Among the consultants he calls on: David Blumenthal, the Harvard Health policy researcher who has worked with Democrats– from Kennedy to Obama – for years.
If Republicans in Congress agree on anything, it is their desire to eradicate President Obama’s health care law. But one of the top advisers to Mitt Romney, the party’s likely presidential nominee, has spent the last two years advising states and private insurers on how to comply with the law.
The adviser, Michael O. Leavitt, gets high marks from state officials and policy experts, who describe him as a pragmatist with a voracious appetite for information. But his work has caused consternation among some conservatives, who want states to resist the health care law.
Mr. Romney has named Mr. Leavitt — a longtime friend, former governor of Utah and former federal health secretary — to plan the transition for what both hope will be a Romney administration.