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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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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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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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Berwick Appointed Head of CMS Without Hearing

July 7, 2010

The White House’s announcement that President Barack Obama will bypass the nomination process of the United States Senate to recess appoint Donald Berwick as head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is an act of unconscionable hubris. The White House claims this move is in response to “Washington game-playing,” accusing Republicans of [...]

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