Ber­wick is good choice to lead CMS, two read­ers say

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As an in­de­pen­dent it trou­bles me greatly that Repub­li­cans would con­sider block­ing Don­ald Ber­wick’s nom­i­na­tion (“GOP plots op­po­si­tion to Ber­wick CMS nom­i­na­tion,” ModernHealth­, April 21). I can­not think of any per­son in health­care who has done more to try to pro­gres­sively im­prove our health­care sys­tems from a pri­vate mar­ket per­spec­tive, un­will­ing to wait on the whims of any gov­ern­men­tal ac­tion. Such a stance by Repub­li­cans would cause them to look even more like ob­struc­tion­ists—the party of no.

Amer­i­cans have clearly in­di­cated the need for change in health­care, even if we dif­fer greatly on how to bring about that change. The In­sti­tute for Health­care Im­prove­ment has suc­cess­fully taken on this chal­lenge. I find it very hard to ar­gue against what they have done or on Ber­wick’s lead­er­ship of this fas­ci­nat­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion. David Ray­mond Northville, Mich.

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