Obama picks Medicare Chief

by Vince

Does anything done by Obama not frustrate the GOP?

The decision to use a recess appointment to install Dr. Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services drew immediate fire from the GOP. Republicans have raised concerns about Berwick’s views on rationing of care and other matters, and said it was wrong for Obama to go around the normal Senate confirmation process. Both parties have used the recess appointment in the past.

Surprisingly, Max Baucus of Montana had beef:

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D., Mont.), whose committee would have held Berwick’s confirmation hearing, also said he was troubled by the recess appointment. “Senate confirmation of presidential appointees is an essential process prescribed by the Constitution that serves as a check on executive power,” he said.

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