President Barack Obama is bringing Phil Schiliro, his former congressional liaison, back to the White House to oversee the policy implementation of his signature health-care law.
In the wake of the fumbled rollout of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Schiliro will return to the administration to coordinate the law’s enactment across all relevant agencies and Congress, said an administration official. The official requested anonymity in detailing the scope of Schiliro’s duties.
Schiliro had moved with his family to New Mexico when he left his previous post in 2011.
“We are focused like a laser on reducing health-care costs implementing the Affordable Care Act, and Phil will be vital to ensuring it is done right,” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said in a statement. “Anyone who has worked with him knows Phil has the expertise, the wisdom, and the relationships to tackle any project -– large or small. We are blessed to have him back.”
Schiliro was Obama’s chief envoy to Capitol Hill when the law was passed in 2010. His new role will be temporary, said the administration official, and he’ll work closely with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Treasury Department and the Justice Department.
“A law that guarantees coverage to millions of Americans, improves quality, and saves hundreds of billions of dollars is worth fighting for,” Schiliro said in a statement. “I hope to help with that effort.”