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What Do Political Appointees Do?

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My AEI colleague Scott Gottlieb’s new book about the COVID-19 pandemic, Uncontrolled Spread, is out this week, and I would recommend it to you very highly. The book is full of insights and lessons from the pandemic response, and argues for some important changes to our public-health system to help the United States be better prepared for future outbreaks.

But one theme that really stood out to me in the book has to do with a more fundamental question of governance, and of the relation between professional expertise and political leadership at the federal level.

Gottlieb points to some extremely serious failures and lapses on the part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — the federal government’s lead public-health agency. Anyone who has worked with the CDC for any length of time could tell you stories of shocking incompetence. I certainly have some myself. And some of the particular failures of the agency in dealing with COVID-19 were prefigured by prior failures — around testing, for instance, and around data........

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