One of the most interesting columns I've come across this week. The writer admits it's a longshot, but it's a fascinating proposition. And, ultimately it's hard to argue with the practicality of it - potential for changes from the inside from a conservative perspective, and implementation challenges that require someone with proven business capabilities and vision. Wonder if any of Mitt's staff read Slate??
Hard to disagree:
As I see it, there are three principal requirements for the job. The first is experience in management, business, and organization: maybe someone who's worked as a management consultant, an entrepreneur, and an executive in both the public and private sectors. The second is the ability and capacity to commit: someone who isn't likely to have any pressing obligations for the next several years, and who has enough cash that he or she doesn't need a large private-sector salary. Third is relevant experience in implementing a large-scale health-care reform program, ideally one that involved using an individual mandate and the private insurance system to attain near-universal health insurance.
Since we're stuck with this thing, for better or worse, we might as well get it started on the best possible foot.