Peter Orszag is an economist and director of the Congressional Budget Office. His job is to show the relationship of impending bills to the federal budget which may in turn lead to the sinking of that said bill. An article in the WSJ explains how he is increasingly focusing on health care issues. Why not, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel? He is becoming a popular speaker as well as writing pieces for the NEJM. He even has his own blog. Good for him. As the article states, he wants to drive home the point that Medicare and Medicaid cannot sustain its current growth rate. What is amazing to me, however, is that the same article points out that he is boosting his staff from 31 to 47 and is seeking to add more. Dude, how about walking your talk? This is the part about administrators that drives me crazy! They continually “boost” their staff and ignore the cost of doing so. If Medicare and Medicaid could trim the fat and leave the healthcare system to doctors (with a minimal amount of administrators/staff), it may have a fighting chance. There just seems to be more and more people on the sidelines going to meetings, talking about statistics, and analyzing the world to death instead of actually doing anything meaningful and productive.