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Jeff Zients, who’s been named President Barack Obama’s next top economic adviser, will help clean up the jammed health insurance marketplaces, the administration said Tuesday.
Zients, former deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, won’t start his job as director of the National Economic Council until the end of the year, when Gene Sperling steps down.
So he has a few months free to try and tidy up the logjammed health insurance exchanges.
“Jeff has led some of the country’s top management firms, providing private sector companies around the world with best practices in management, strategy and operations,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a blog post.
“He has a proven track record as Acting Director at the Office of Management and Budget and as the nation’s first Chief Performance Officer. Working alongside our team and using his rich expertise and management acumen, Jeff will provide short-term advice, assessments and recommendations. “
Technical experts say it’s more than just demand — they say the glitches must have been caused by mistakes in the software programs that run the exchanges, which are meant to eventually help 7 million Americans buy health insurance in 2014.