This all suggests more stories to come. But for now, just some context about Simpson’s pedigree will do. I know: space is tight; time is limited; attention spans are short. But it is possible to give audiences a clue or two about whose voices are being heard, and what we might expect from a commission as important as the one he co-chairs.

Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.