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Berwick Still Won’t Reveal Funding Sources

November 19, 2010

In his first appearance before the Senate, Don Berwick gave a very odd answer in response to questions from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) which go to the heart of concerns about the lack of a vetting process prior to his nomination. “You stated in an earlier letter that you planned divesting any interests in companies [...]

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Live Blog: Berwick’s First Senate Hearing

November 17, 2010

11:25 a.m. EST: And we’re done. Berwick had little challenge with this. An hour of dodging with no major breakdowns and no commitment for return. Major questions remain unanswered regarding his views and conflicts of interest. [Ed -- Very disappointing to read that last update by Ben Domenech.] 11:23 a.m. EST: Cantwell runs through talking [...]

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Berwick Recess Appointment Sparks Capitol Hill Backlash

October 10, 2010

Angry at President Barack Obama’s recess appointment of Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), senators on Capitol Hill continue to demand Berwick appear before a congressional committee for hearings on his nomination. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), one of two medical doctors serving in the Senate, said Berwick should complete [...]

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Berwick: “I am Romantic About the NHS”

September 16, 2010

In May, Health Care News discovered video footage of President Obama’s nominee to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Donald Berwick, describing his health care views to an audience in Great Britain. We reported on the story, noting at the time that Berwick’s nomination had attracted “relatively little attention” thus far, and that [...]

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Kyl: No Chance to Question Berwick

September 9, 2010

The following oped by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) was originally published in Health Care News. The passage of President Obama’s health-care plan in March was really just the beginning. Over the coming months and years, federal agencies will be writing the rules and regulations to implement the new law. One of the key figures in [...]

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Sen. John Barrasso on Berwick’s Recess Appointment

July 30, 2010

Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming shares his thoughts regarding the recess appointment of Donald Berwick, and what ramifications it holds for doctors in rural areas.

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SmartGirlPolitics on Donald Berwick

July 23, 2010

On this week’s Health Care News podcast, Ben Domenech talks with the SmartGirlPolitics podcasters about the recess appointment of Donald Berwick — what his renomination means, whether he’ll get a hearing, and what kind of CMS director he’ll be through 2011.

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