Vice President Pence Swears In Seema Verma as Head of CMS…

Together with her family, Seema Verma accepted her commission today as head of  the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Vice-President Mike Pence delivered remarks during the official swearing in ceremony.

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Seema Verma comes to the CMS job with extensive Medicaid experience. Her consulting firm, SVC, Inc., worked closely with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to design Indiana’s Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

The expansion, known as the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0, went into effect in 2015, and Verma’s involvement in it may prove important as Congress and the Trump administration make decisions on the future of Obamacare.

Indiana’s unique Medicaid expansion was designed to appeal to conservatives. HIP 2.0 asked covered people to make a small monthly payment to access health insurance. A missed payment can result in six-month lockout from insurance coverage. Those provisions aren’t allowed under traditional Medicaid, but Indiana got a federal waiver to implement them.

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34 Responses to Vice President Pence Swears In Seema Verma as Head of CMS…

  1. Mar says:

    I trust Vice President Pence. Hope she does a magnificent job.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. youme says:

    “New York Times columnist Charles Blow went on another Twitter rant Monday, attacking the GOP again for being “on the wrong side of history.” This time, it was over the Republicans fight to repeal Obamacare. Blow actually claimed that Republicans were so “clouded by partisan hatred” in their hatred of Obama, that “they’d rather die of disease” than “be kept alive” by a plan bearing his name.

    “In a follow up tweet, Blow called Trump “boy” and ordered him to take a seat, after he tweeted out a report showing that Obama spent 77 million dollars to promote the Affordable Care Act.

    “As a guest analyst on CNN, Blow has ordered the network to take Trump surrogates off the air, and boasted that he “didn’t care” what Trump supporters thought.

    “In his NYT column, Blow reiterated his intolerance for the other side, saying he had “no patience” for talking to Trump voters (or “backwards-thinking bigots” as he called them.)

    https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/kristine-marsh/2017/03/14/nyts-blow-explodes-gop-over-aca-hate-obama-so-much-theyd-rather

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  3. YvonnePearson says:

    Trump Train plowing through the swamp is a good thing.

    Liked by 5 people

  4. quintrillion says:

    Bless her for accepting the position. She seem very personable and highly qualified. Winning again

    Liked by 8 people

  5. maiingankwe says:

    Aw, look at that proud family. Her husband at the end not wanting to take the limelight and stand in the way. The smiles of their children, and the nod of understanding of the young boy listening to his Mother’s words. It just makes one smile while they are watching on.

    I don’t know anything about this smart, young American lady, Verma, but after watching a small-snip it of their family, and the proud words of Vice President Mr. Pence, I look forward to giving her a chance to help us, the American people.

    I don’t think any snowstorm would’ve prevented this husband from making it to this very important moment in his wife’s life and career. His hug that he gave her was sincere and full of love, pride and admiration.

    Thank you for sharing this with us Treepers,
    Ma’iingankwe

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    • Pam says:

      What you said there is a beautiful summary what took place. They just seemed like such a loving, supportive, and beautiful family. This is a big job she is taking on but after hearing the VP’s glowing remarks about her, I think she is ready to take on the task at hand.

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  6. She managed her hearing well. She avoided trick questions and any statements that would box her in moving forward. She left the dems flummoxed! One of them saying he was not even sure that a hearing even took place. She struck them all out looking!

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    • Alison says:

      Thanks, Dave. I really appreciate your comments, tweets and status updates.

      I’m really impressed by Sundance’s blurb that Seema had Indiana Medicaid recipients pay ‘something’ for their medical care. We need to get back to providing every person the dignity of personal responsibility, even if they need financial assistance. It is what makes each of us feel valued.

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  7. deplorabledooku says:

    I laugh every time some leftist politician acts as if Obama himself wrote Obamacare. As if he ever wrote anything himself.

    Liked by 3 people

  8. Fe says:

    I’m excited for Seema to get to work. She impressed me as being a very caring person and what she will be heading is important to me as I have a mother who depends on Medicare. I would like to see this work better for our seniors by bringing down the cost of their prescriptions. My mother has a couple of heart stents, and has type 2 diabetes. What her meds cost saddens me because I pay far less than she does and she’s on a fixed income. God bless Seema Verma, and her beautiful family.

    Liked by 4 people

  9. Bonitabaycane says:

    I’m disappointed that Senator Pocahontas voted against an Indian.

    Liked by 3 people

  10. andi lee says:

    Congratulations to the Verma family, and Mrs. Seema Verma! Really, very grateful for your commitment to serve. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. thetinfoilhatsociety says:

    One can only hope she dismantles MACRA which allows not only the government but ALL insurance companies to access patient records – ANY patient records for any reason whatsoever whether or not it’s for insurance reasons or otherwise, WITHOUT the permission of the patient OR the provider.

    And one can only hope that she gets rid of the overwhelming and nonsensical regulations that punish independent practices and drive them out of business in favor of large hospital owned and for profit conglomerates.

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  12. Mr. Morris says:

    Mrs. Verma is obviously a smart competent woman. The despicable Democrats finally allowed her confirmation vote to proceed. Congratulations to Mrs. Verma and her beautiful family. We need her expertise.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. thesavvyinvester says:

    Thank you Sundance for bringing CMS Head Mrs Verma to our attention in a post denoting both her and Dr Price and the possible synergistic role they will play together in transforming our now dysfunctional health care system post Obamacare to one in which I think will be world class and will need to be emulated around the world if our international competitors want to stay competitive. I am that optimistic, let us get beyond this RyanCare flapadoodle and look down the road 2, 3, 4 years when the legislative and other corrections are now best business practices.

    As a side note, Sundance’s original post struck a chord with me as we have here in MI a bright Senator very involved in trying to fix and or promote Direct Primary Care in conjunction with HSA’s It is a dynamic duo that can drive cost down dramatically whilst increasing care. The lowball numbers are 20 to 30% reduction in cost, the higher end, well I’ll save that thunder for when it happens. But it can dramatically ease the pressure on state coffers if this duo is utilized. Mrs Verma is the “Radical Innovator” that could set policy to make it happen as well as President Trumps Exec Order to allow States to experiment. IMHO not only would Medicare/caid be saved, we are looking them being transformed positively by free-market options and they would be able to survive their impending crisis’s the face.

    On the Video, what a handsome family, I am so happy for them and America and I can’t figure out why my screen got blurry :-). We all knew President Trump would only hire the best, it was his motus-operundi for years. If this was the Ultimate Guitar Concert, I’d be Eric Johnson, Clapton, Jeff Beck and so many others on stage at the same time, that is how good these folks are. Bravo President Trump and Sundance!!!!

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  14. mytalent629 says:

    Congratulations Seema For this work

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