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Senate GOP Demanding to Hear From Berwick – Perhaps They Would Learn More About Healthcare if They Asked Some Intelligent

Posted Jul 14 2010 5:13pm

As far as answering questions, they could get educated as long as there’s no effect on Dr. Berwick’s appointment after all it has been years since CMS has had a director.  What is interesting is the point they make about how he feels about the NHS system. Well the NHS is going through a image major shift here so what he has referenced is the past operation as nobody knows yet how the new revisions will work, so that’s a dead topic of sorts. 

On the qualifications side, where would you find someone better qualified, it’s just a political battle and one more opportunity to stall progress.  He is only one person in the entire scheme of healthcare reform, an important one, but not crucial enough to stall and take more time that could be devoted to other pressing issues the US has right now.  I think Dr. Berwick can hold his own pretty well.  BD  

Senate Republicans are demanding to hear from Don Berwick, the physician President Barack Obama recess-appointed last week to run the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Republicans on the Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the post, say that not holding a hearing with Berwick would “result in circumventing the open public review that should take place for a nomination of such importance” and “casts a shadow over his legitimacy and authority to serve as administrator during a critical time for CMS.”

They argue in a letter to Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) that Berwick needs to answer questions raised about his qualifications — namely, question they have regarding his statements in support of the British health care system and rationing. The letter was signed by all 10 Republicans on the committee.

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