Aug 8, 2017

Top Medicare official will be CEO of BCBS of North Carolina

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Patrick Conway is leaving his post as the most senior career official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to be the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina on Oct. 1, the health insurer said Tuesday. He will replace Brad Wilson, who is retiring.

Conway has a high profile at the agency — he's the director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, which was set up to run the Affordable Care Act's experiments that changed how doctors and hospitals are paid. He has been at CMS since 2011, right before the Obama administration started implementing the ACA's changes to Medicare, Medicaid and the individual marketplaces.

Why it matters: Conway is likely to bring his goals of altering health care payments and care delivery to North Carolina's dominant insurer, which previously had threatened to leave the ACA's exchanges and sued the Obama administration over ACA funding. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina recently has fared well financially.

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Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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The president vs. the Pentagon

Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.

New York Times says Tom Cotton op-ed did not meet standards

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A New York Times spokesperson said in a statement Thursday that the paper will be changing its editorial board processes after a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), which called for President Trump to "send in the troops" in order to quell violent protests, failed to meet its standards.

Why it matters: The shift comes after Times employees began a coordinated movement on social media on Wednesday and Thursday that argued that publishing the op-ed put black staff in danger. Cotton wrote that Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act in order to deploy the U.S. military against rioters that have overwhelmed police forces in cities across the country.