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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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Tom Price on Don Berwick and Rationing

February 10, 2011

Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia) took the time to chat with us today regarding his impressions of Don Berwick’s fractious testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee. A physician himself, Price pressed Berwick on questions regarding the rationing of care and other key matters. This line of questioning led to a side-by-side moment that is [...]

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Don Berwick Before Ways and Means

February 10, 2011

Updated throughout the morning. Statements paraphrased, obviously. -This appearance had several fascinating moments, mostly because — unlike Berwick’s prior abbreviated hearing before the Senate — several Representatives seemed well versed on his views and called his equivocations as they happened. As we go over Berwick’s answers, his responses to Reps. Gerlach, Reichert, and Price all [...]

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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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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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A Primer: Don Berwick’s Radical Agenda

May 27, 2010

While everyone in Washington is chatting about a different nominee, President Barack Obama’s choice of Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is an equally unique one and in some ways the more surprising choice. Berwick is known as a leading academic and technocrat and is generally respected for his [...]

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