Is Sir Donald out as Medicare czar?
Not exactly: the Politico reports that, in wake of forty-two Senators sending a letter indicating that Sir Donald Berwick is simply unacceptable for the job of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) head*, Senate Democrats have made an answer to that by… giving up trying to get Berwick nominated. There’ll be no fight, no confirmation hearing, no standing on what the Democrats consider ‘principle.’ | Read More »
Unpacking the Berwick Surprise.
[UPDATE]: Ben Domenech over at the New Ledger calls this a “formality.” Roll Call reports: President Barack Obama sent the Senate his nomination of Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday — a move that comes two weeks after Obama bypassed Congress to put his stalled nominee in the post until the end of 2011. Via Senatus: background | Read More »
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D, MD) and the imaginary Berwick confirmation hearings.
I may need to walk back on my scorn of Rep. Jackson-Lee’s praise of the non-existent relationship between the non-existent nations of North and South Vietnam. If this video below is any indication, then there’s a fairly nasty virus going around Capitol Hill that turns Democratic legislators into memory-impaired, babbling zombies. Yes, even worse than usual. Yes, you remember correctly: in point of fact Donald | Read More »
Proposed Medicare Czar likes pretty, pretty pictures.
Witness this map. It’s called the Dartmouth map, and as the New York Times and Hot Air notes, it was used by the Obama administration to argue that there were existing inefficiencies in the Medicare system that could be trimmed away, thus permitting a scenario where Medicare funding could be cut significantly while not sacrificing care (indeed, the map’s creators argue that it demonstrates that | Read More »
Obamacare revisited: Sir Donald’s Medicare czar nomination fight.
Sounds like a fun way to spend the summer, doesn’t it? President Barack Obama spent the last year insisting he doesn’t want to turn the American health care system into a carbon copy of the government-run British system. But Obama’s pick to run Medicaid and Medicare — Donald Berwick — is a pediatrician and Harvard University professor with a self-professed “love” of the British system. | Read More »