Michael Leavitt, the former Utah governor and federal government official tapped by Mitt Romney to head his healthcare transition team, has been under conservative fire for embracing some aspects of the Affordable Care Act such as health insurance exchanges.
But speaking at the closing session of the Third National ACO Summit in Washington, D.C., last week, Leavitt was quick to align himself with the free market powers of the healthcare system. Along the way he provided some insight into how a Romney administration might tackle healthcare reform.
Leavitt said the engine that is driving healthcare reform now isn't the Affordable Care Act, the upcoming Supreme Court decision, or even the outcome of the 2012 election. "The real driver is what I call global economic dispassion—the economic forces that are making this an absolute imperative. Health reform has become economic reform."
To meet this global economic dispassion "we have to be able to move more quickly," said Levitt.
He said that when people think about the American healthcare system they talk about "a race car that can go 200 miles an hour" but government is "still building a go-cart."