COMMENTARY: Congress Should Impeach Andy Slavitt

Congress will soon begin an impeachment inquiry into Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen for his failure to truthfully and properly disclose information relating to the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups.  For the sake of efficiency, the House may want to consider adding Andrew Slavitt’s name to the proceeding.

Andy Slavitt is the Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  He is a former health care industry official for United Health Group whose appointment to the administration was mired in controversy.  Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Ralph Nader-founded Public Citizen, called the nomination “highly inappropriate,” and said that when Slavitt joined CMS in July 2014, he was issued a waiver that allowed him to be exempt from Obama’s executive order on ethics in government.

Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, a free market healthcare reform advocacy group, called Slavitt’s waiver and then nomination a “direct violation”…



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