President Obama used his powers and appointed Dr. Don Berwick to head the Center of Medicaid and Medicare Services. Berwick has never faced confirmation hearings by the Senate, which makes his appointment unusual. Since Berwick’s appointment, there seems to be no lack of controversy. Berwick’s background raises some eyebrows, as he is in favor of rationing health care, believes health care is a right (not a privilege), and believes Britain’s health care system should be the role model for America’s health care system.
Listen to his comments:
Why would Obama do a recess appointment of someone to lead one of the most important agencies in health care? Is there some reason why he is afraid of a Senate committee holding confirmation hearings for Berwick? Evidently, this video might be one of the skeletons in the closet that Obama feared would stand in the way of Berwick’s nomination or one of his other stances. Hopefully, the U.S. Senate will address this recess appointment and challenge it. Berwick is dangerous to Americans who benefit from Medicare and Medicaid.