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Sunday, September 3rd 2006

Knowing When To Cash In

The CMS chief is stepping down.

John C. Rother, policy director for the AARP, the nation’s largest organization for seniors, said he did not know McClellan’s plans, but “a lot of people who know him thought that this would be a good year for him to move on.”

Rother added: “His major responsibility has been to implement the Medicare Modernization Act and the drug benefit, which I think he has done extremely well. Obviously, he has a very bright future, and I’m sure he’s got other options that are very attractive.”

McClellan has generally been viewed as a skilled implementer of policy rather than as a partisan ideologue. He worked on health policy issues in President Bill Clinton’s Treasury Department and has developed solid working relationships with lawmakers of both parties in Congress.

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