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White House Caves on Berwick’s End of Life Counseling

January 10, 2011

How long will Donald Berwick last as head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services if the White House continually silences and overrules him? That’s the question I’m asking after the White House did exactly that, it appears, on Berwick’s pet end-of-life counseling project. Writing for Time magazine, reporter Kate Pickert outlines what happened: [...]

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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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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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Boustany: Lack of Vetting of Berwick Raises Concerns

July 15, 2010

Originally authored by Rep. Charles Boustany, this piece previously appeared in Roll Call. As Dr. Donald Berwick — President Barack Obama’s recent appointee to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — takes office, many questions still remain unanswered about his views on health care. Most importantly, lawmakers would like to understand what Berwick [...]

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Mark Levin on Berwick’s Extremism

July 9, 2010

The White House announced the evening of July 6 that President Barack Obama was bypassing the nomination and Senate confirmation process and installing Donald Berwick as head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services with a recess appointment. This, says Ben Domenech, managing editor of Health Care News, is “An act of unconscionable hubris.” [...]

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CMS Nominee Favors Government-Run Rationing of Health Care

July 7, 2010

President Barack Obama has nominated Donald Berwick, the founder of a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based think-tank, to head the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), America’s primary health care agency. A leading Ivy League academic and technocrat, Berwick will have the opportunity to apply his sometimes-controversial ideas regarding rationing and the role of government in health [...]

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