May 1, 2008 8:32AM

Can Congress Manage the Health Care Sector?

Former U.S. Senate Majority/​Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) says no way, Jose

In a recent interview about his new book, Daschle stressed:

Congress is just not capable of being the manager of a health care system and yet it’s largely Congress today that has that responsibility. It hasn’t worked for the last 50 years. It’ll work even less in the next 50.

Thus Daschle advocates creating a Federal Health Board to manage this $2 trillion chunk of the U.S. economy. 

Where does he look for a model of this type of centralized planning agency? Quoth Daschle:

I believe that the connector idea is really the Massachusetts version of the Federal Health Board. I like a lot of what the connector is all about.