~He JUST keeps get greedier & greedier…once a week usurping some rule of law. Then when he doesn’t like the rule of law, he sues, sues, sues.
~A *Poker Face* find
WASHINGTON — President Obama intends to bypass Congress and appoint Dr. Donald Berwick to head Medicare and Medicaid, the White House announced Tuesday — filling the job while Congress is in recess to get around Republican opposition that threatened to derail Berwick’s confirmation.
Berwick’s supporters say he is the right man in the right place at the right time. But his opponents have lined up against him. They say that while he may be a the highly respected doctor, he is also an outspoken proponent of the British health care system, which they say is all wrong for Americans.
* By appointing Berwick now, while Congress is out of session for the July 4 holiday break, Berwick can assume the post of administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services without undergoing confirmation hearings in the Senate. Democrats want to avoid a nasty confirmation fight that could reopen the health care debate. Berwick was nominated in April but no confirmation hearing had been scheduled.
The recess appointment will allow Berwick to serve through next year without Senate confirmation.
* Also being appointed Wednesday were:
–Philip E. Coyle III as associate director for national security and international affairs at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
–Joshua Gotbaum as director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.