Obama ap­points new Medi­care chief

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama by­passed the Se­nate and ap­pointed Dr. Don­ald Ber­wick, a Har­vard pro­fes­sor and pa­tient care spe­cial­ist, to run Medi­care and Med­i­caid. The de­ci­sion to use a so-called re­cess ap­point­ment to in­stall Ber­wick drew im­me­di­ate fire from the GOP. Repub­li­cans have raised con­cerns about Ber­wick’s views on ra­tioning of care and said it was wrong for Obama to go around the nor­mal Se­nate con­fir­ma­tion process, even though pres­i­dents of both par­ties have made re­cess ap­point­ments.

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