Senator (retired) Tom Daschle, new Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (and health care czar!?) wrote a book in 2008 about the health care system (before he knew about this position I believe).
Given Daschle's major influence in the new administration, I am studying the book to look for insights into possible reform plans.
(Daschle has been working at a DC law firm which also does lobbying, but Daschle was apparently kept insulated from the lobbying operation.)
We open with something v-e-r-y interesting. From the dustcover....
"Daschle's solution lies in the Federal Reserve Board, which has overseen the equally complicated financial system with great success. A Fed-like board would offer a public framework within which a private health care system can operate more effectively and more efficiently - ...."
To be fair to Daschle, I believe this book was written before the current financial meltdown, but this concept is a little scary. More in the next post.
Critical: What We Can do About the Health-Care Crisis - Daschle, Greenberger, Lambrew, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2008