Nancy-Ann DeParle

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Nancy-Ann DeParle is the "Health Care Czar" in the Obama Administration, as Counselor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Health Reform.[1] Appointed in March 2009, she reports to President Obama. She coordinates the development of the Administration's healthcare policy agenda, and has been a tireless advocate of socialized medicine for many years. DeParle earned a law degree from Harvard, and her husband, Jason DeParle, is a reporter for the New York Times.

Previous experience

Nancy-Ann DeParle served as the OMB’s representative on health-care reform during Bill Clinton’s first term. As head of the HHS Health Care Financing Administration under Clinton, she ran the largest health insurance provider in America, overseeing $600 billion in payments annually to 74 million recipients of Medicare and Medicaid. DeParle was Director of the Healthcare Financing Administration from 1997 to 2000.[1]

Since 2001, Nancy-Ann DeParle has been Managing Director, of CCMP Capital; focusing on healthcare policy, she is also the Adjunct professor at the Wharton School of Business, as well as the Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

DeParle left government to take a year-long fellowship at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, where she was part of Harvard’s Health Care Policy Forum and led a weekly study group on reforming Medicare from 2000 to 2001.

During the Bush administration, DeParle sat on the boards of many health companies, ranging from medical treatment producers to hospital systems.

Perceptive transparency

Regarded as "a seat warmer in the public face" by Michelle Malkin during an interview with Glenn Beck, Malkin commented on the significance of Nancy DeParle's role as the "Health Czar"[2] in the White House.

[W]hat's fascinating to me is that you've got this conglomerate of far leftists and then you also have these entrenched corporate statists and we've got Nancy DeParle who I highlight in the book, [Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies], who is the healthcare czar who oversees the cabinet confirmed secretary Kathleen Sebelius who is out there sort of as a seat warmer in the public face. But behind the scenes this is the woman who is really pulling the strings and she's made upwards of $6 million consulting for healthcare lobbyists and firms. I don't have a problem with that but, of course, she serves a president and a first lady by extension who have done nothing but demonize people who have made money in the private market. And the issue there, of course, goes back to transparency. The White House has been meeting in secret with these healthcare executives. Only under threat of lawsuit did they name those executives. The legal counsel still refuses to tell us which healthcare officials in the Obama administration met with them and she has clear conflicts of interest, financial ties to many of these executives. We need to know that but unfortunately Obama lied and transparency died.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 List of Obama's Czars,, August 21, 2009.
  2. Rise of the Czars,, June 9th, 2009.
  3. Glenn Beck: Czars Czars and more Czars!,, August 3, 2009.