The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is in charge of running Healthcare.gov, just got a new communications chief – a former Democratic House aide.
According to Politico, it’s Aaron Albright, a self-described “former Hill flack” who’s worked in communications for the House Education and the Workforce Committee. His predecessor as CMS’s director of media relations doesn’t appear to have left because of CMS’s current PR woes, but the agency’s chief information officer did leave abruptly earlier this month. CMS is not an agency traditionally tasked with the kind of political controversy that’s attended Obamacare — more important, it was obvious to some of the president’s allies several years ago that it wasn’t up to the task of launching an extraordinarily complicated health-care IT project, either. All the former Hill flacks in the world may not be able to paper that over.