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Recess Appointment

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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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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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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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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Avik Roy on Berwick’s Recess Appointment

July 12, 2010

On this week’s Health Care News podcast, Ben Domenech talks with Avik Roy about the White House’s decision to bypass the nomination process of the U.S. Senate to recess-appoint Donald Berwick as head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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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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