President Barack Obama has renominated Dr. Donald Berwick to be Medicare chief six months after bypassing the Senate and installing him in the job in a recess appointment, the White House announced Wednesday.
Obama renominates Berwick to head CMS
Obama initially nominated Berwick last April. After the recess appointment in July, Berwick could serve through this year without Senate confirmation.
Berwick has wide support in the medical community but some Democrats had feared Republicans would use his confirmation hearings as an opportunity to reopen the divisive health care debate. Republicans have raised concerns about Berwick's views on rationing care and other issues.
Berwick, a pediatrician, founded a health care think tank, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, that works to develop and implement concepts for improving patient care.
Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, ranking Republican on the committee that oversees Medicare, said he was disappointed by the decision to renominate Berwick.
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