“Don is a person who’s spent his entire career committed not just to talking about ways to make health care better, but actually helping organizations around the country change health care for the better,” says Mark McClellan, who headed CMS under President George W. Bush. “And that’s exactly the kind of background that CMS needs right now in order to find better ways to support high-quality care while saving money at the same time.”
The Donald Republicans See
But that’s not the Donald Berwick that Republican senators have been describing on the Senate floor. They say he’s out to transform the U.S. health care system into one like England’s — and not in a good way.
Sen. Pat Roberts and several other Republican senators have been hammering on the fact that among his voluminous writings, Donald Berwick has praised the workings of Britain’s National Health System.