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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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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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Baucus Won’t Release Plans Yet on Berwick Hearing Schedule

February 23, 2011

When Don Berwick was appointed to head CMS during a recess, bypassing the Senate nomination process, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) openly criticized the White House for not allowing for hearings on the nomination to occur. Yet now that the White House has renominated Berwick for the position, Baucus is reluctant to say [...]

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Berwick to Testify Before House for the First Time

February 9, 2011

Don Berwick will appear before the House Ways and Means committee for the first time on Thursday morning at 10 AM. Given that the appearance will be his first testimony before the House of Representatives — and that unlike the Senate, where Democrat Sen. Max Baucus enforced strict time limits, Republican Chairman Dave Camp will [...]

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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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