A new report alleges that Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney has been asked by the presumptive President-elect Joe Biden to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.
He is currently discussing the nomination with his family and is expected to accept the appointment, according to the Buffalo Chronicle.
Biden advisors expect that Romney — a former management consultant by training and a former CEO of Bain Capital — will be tasked with making the national healthcare system more affordable without legislation that modifies the Affordable Care Act.
The Chronicle reports:
That work is expected to focus on a massive transition to telehealth services, expansion of digital appointment scheduling, expanded access to pharmaceuticals online, and the development of artificial intelligence technologies that will automate patient intake processing, make screening recommendations, and seamlessly sync medical record access between multiple providers serving a single patient.
It’s unclear if Romney will be tasked with creating open market pricing systems for a’la carte medical services, which could advance the work that the Trump administration has done to require providers to make pricing for their services public. That strategy is seen as key to creating a price competitive atmosphere between providers.
According to State law in Utah, a Senate vacancy will be filled by gubernatorial appointment from one of three individuals nominated by the Legislature, each of whom must be a member of the political party of the prior officeholder.
Romney has expressed a desire for Governor Gary Herbert to appoint former Rep. Mia Love to fill the vacancy.
Romney has been very busy lately going after President Donald Trump, as well.
While speaking on Sunday, Romney called for the nation to “get behind” Biden and said he has seen no evidence of voter fraud,
“I think when you say that the election was corrupt or stolen or rigged, that that’s, unfortunately, rhetoric that gets picked up by authoritarians around the world,’ he said on Sunday to NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ host Chuck Todd. “And I think it also discourages confidence in our democratic process here at home.”
“And with a battle going on right now between authoritarianism and freedom, why, I think it’s very important that we not use language which can encourage a course in history which would be very, very unfortunate,” he said.
Romney made his way to CNN’s “State of the Union” later on Sunday and said there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
He said that even before any evidence has been presented in court that could possibly show the evidence.
“I think it’s important for us to recognize that the world is watching,” the senator said to CNN host Jake Tapper. “I would prefer the world to be watching a more graceful departure.”