Trump to name new head of Medicare, Medicaid as he weighs replacing outgoing chief of staff July 24, 2021 July 24, 2021 admin

President Donald Trump has named new Chief of Staff Gary Cohn as the top of his newly created Medicare and Medicaid task force, Axios reported Thursday.

Cohn was nominated by Trump to lead the two programs by acting Acting Secretary of the Treasury Kevin McIntyre.

The White House said in a statement that Cohn was tapped to head the task force to provide “pro-growth, pro-American, pro-[ObamaCare] reforms” and “to lead a broad coalition of private-sector leaders to address the urgent needs of seniors.”

Trump will nominate Cohn to lead a newly created task force at the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services to “lead a broad alliance of private sector leaders to tackle the urgent healthcare needs of Americans.”

The White House did not identify the specific issues they were focused on and did not elaborate on how they will be addressed.

The Trump administration has been pushing for a major overhaul of Medicare and the Medicaid programs that reimburse people for the cost of medical care, which has been a major issue of late.

Cao said that he was appointed to the task forces “because of his experience in overseeing the implementation of our Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which expanded Medicare benefits for millions of low-income Americans, and his strong commitment to ensuring Medicare remains a leader in care and innovation for our nation’s seniors.”

Cao will have to navigate a busy day in the White House, including a major push to pass tax reform legislation.

He is also likely to face questions about whether the White Street financial firm is in compliance with its fiduciary duties under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Caitlin Hayden contributed to this report.