CBS News: Mick Mulvaney summons feuding top health care officials Alex Azar and Seema Verma to White House for cool-off meeting

“Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has summoned the administration’s two top health policy officials to meet with him at the White House in an effort to cool down a months-long feud that is reaching a boiling point. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator Seema Verma could meet with Mulvaney as early as today, several senior administration officials confirm to CBS News.”

“A White House official confirmed that the two have fought over the administration’s efforts to come up with a replacement to the nation’s health care law, the Affordable Care Act. Politico first reported their battles over an Obamacare alternative, stating that Verma spent six months developing a proposal, only to have Azar scuttle it before President Trump could see it. According to Politico, Azar thought Verma’s plan would end up strengthening the ACA, rather than replacing it.”

“The two have also been at ‘each other’s throats’ on several other issues, too, ranging from the administration’s work on lowering drug prices to who gets credit for any perceived victories involving health care, according to multiple White House sources…” Read the full article here.

Source: Mick Mulvaney summons feuding top health care officials to White House for cool-off meeting – By Fin Gomez, December 11, 2019, CBS News.

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