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Ex-Obama health care adviser: Obamacare needs a CEO

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Former White House health care adviser Ezekiel Emanuel said President Obama needs "to have a CEO" run Obamacare in order to avoid further mistakes, adding that he disagrees with the latest decision to delay another provision of the law.

"The website and the exchanges are really an e-commerce business and they need to be run like an e-commerce business, they need to have a CEO, they need to have a staff that's really focused every day on 'how do we get the best product out there, how do we get the best user experience,' and I think that's still vitally important," Emanuel, who advised Obama from 2009 to 2011 during the congressional debate over the law, said Tuesday on Morning Joe.

Obama turned to a CEO of sorts to manage the website launch crisis in October, tapping Jeffrey Zients -- the former acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget who, like Mitt Romney, once worked at Bain and Company -- to oversee the repair of healthcare.gov. In December, Zients yielded that post to a former Microsoft executive in order to prepare for his next job as Obama's top economic adviser.

The Hill's Elise Viebeck reported that the White House team plans to delay another provision of Obamacare in order to prevent more insurance policies from being cancelled before the 2014 midterm elections.

"As early as this week, according to two sources, the White House will announce a new directive allowing insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet ObamaCare's minimum coverage requirements," Viebeck wrote Monday.

Emanuel disagrees with that decision. "This is part of the balancing act of transitioning people over and making it as smooth as possible while trying to get everyone to good coverage that isn't, as you say, the sub-par plans that really don't cover people and give them a false sense of security," he replied when asked about the delay during the Morning Joe segment. "I think that transition ought to go faster."

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