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Don Berwick Steps Down

November 23, 2011

As expected, Don Berwick will step down as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services next month according to the Associated Press. Berwick’s controversial year on the job following a recess appointment achieved little compared to his initial ambitions. The administrator, in a final interview with the Washington Post‘s Sarah Kliff, showed that [...]

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Krugman on Berwick

April 2, 2011

Any longtime reader of The New York Times‘ Paul Krugman knows he has a tendency to fall back into his most belligerent, partisan voice whenever he writes on the issue areas he knows the least about. Such is the case with Don Berwick, who Krugman uses as an example of his ‘the smartest should rule [...]

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Baucus on Berwick: “Republicans Won”

March 9, 2011

Speaking yesterday on the renomination of Don Berwick, Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus tells reporters: “Republicans won.” The Senate will never vote to confirm Dr. Donald Berwick as CMS administrator, according to the Senate Democrat leading his nomination. Berwick is currently serving through a temporary recess appointment. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate [...]

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Maggie Mahar on the Fall of Berwick

March 9, 2011

Maggie Mahar — the smartest left-of-center writer on health policy today, in our view — outlines the fall of Don Berwick as charted over the past few weeks in a very thorough post today. Mahar is a health policy expert and a Berwick supporter — not a political insider — and assesses Berwick’s prognosis at [...]

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Politico: Senate Democrats Giving Up on Don Berwick

March 7, 2011

Politico reports that Senate Democrats are “giving up” on Don Berwick, the controversial head of CMS, in the wake of the letter signed by 42 Senate Republicans demanding his nomination’s withdrawal. Citing the GOP letter, a person familiar with the situation said Senate Democrats and the White House “can do the arithmetic” and now see [...]

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Republican Senators: Withdraw Berwick Nomination

March 3, 2011

In a letter today to President Obama, 42 Republican Senators requested the withdrawal of Don Berwick’s renomination to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “Withdrawing Dr. Berwick’s nomination would be a positive first step in rebuilding the trust of the American people. The occupant of this important position, which affects the health care [...]

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Berwick: I Don’t Know How to Use an iPod

March 3, 2011

“You mentioned an iPad. I don’t even use an iPod. I just don’t know how to use them.” There was a rather humorous incident the other day at a National Journal event with Don Berwick, the man who President Obama hailed as being at the forefront of introducing “innovative technologies” into health care reform. Of [...]

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