One Fewer Check or Balance

A legislator tells an unelected member of the executive branch to change the law:

“It is outrageous that companies can get away with revealing what prescription medications New Yorkers have taken and not even notify the customer,” Schumer said. The senator is calling on the federal Health and Human Services secretary, Michael Leavitt, to immediately change the law to require pharmacies to notify patients before selling or transferring their records and allowing patients to opt out.

No, senator, you as the legislator should change the law. As a member of the executive branch, Leavitt should implement it as written.

That was the whole point.

But if you cede responsibility, you can cede the blame. So long as you keep the fat paycheck and the “prestige” (single digit approval rating), I guess.

(Link seen on Dustbury.)