One of the major figureheads responsible for transforming and virtually revolutionizing the Medicare system under the Obama administration has called it quits. Jonathan Blum is a Medicare director and principal deputy administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Medicare reformer Blum had lent his invaluable services to the government of Barack Obama for a five year period. Two of his postulates were put to vote in the senate this year. Under his tutelage, Medicare took a backseat which was largely attributed to the sprints that Obamacare took in its applicability. His resignation came as somewhat of a surprise.
According to Reuters, "His resignation, announced in an internal memo from CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, follows months of controversy over two separate proposals to scale back Medicare Advantage payments to private health insurers for 2015 and to reform the program's popular Part D prescription drug benefits."
It occurred after a long time during which his two plans proved to be a little difficult to implement. The twin proposals invited a lot of criticism from both Democrats and Republicans in the Congress. And the private domain chimed in with its opposition. The scathing vituperative speech of some of the Republicans proved the out and out opposition to the plans.
The Obama administration ultimately failed on both counts. Medicare was left high and dry. Jonathan Blum did the best he could. And if he was unable to convince the others of his honest and good intentions in the end it was only because he was human. Imperfection is a condition that is written in the very constitution and makeup of human beings.
His favors which he lent to the people he worked for are simply so innumerable that a book could be written on them. Under Blum’s able management, Medicare really flourished. He will be putting his talent to better use for some other organization.
"Under Jon's leadership, the Medicare program has served as one of our primary drivers to shift our healthcare system to reward quality, care improvement, and value," Tavenner said.
Meanwhile, there is a fact about Medicare that needs to be gone into in detail. The healthcare program has an advantage for doctors since a lot of patients end up in their clinics on Medicare benefits. Thus even if physicians and surgeons end up being paid a little less than private companies, the overall effect is one that adds up. The odds come out even in the end.