Berwick to slip in

The NY Times is reporting that Obama is going to appoint Donald Berwick to head Medicare and Medicaid and skip the hearings.

Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, said the “recess appointment” was needed to carry out the new health care law, which calls for huge changes in the two programs, which together insure nearly one-third of all Americans.

Mr. Pfeiffer said the president would appoint Dr. Berwick on Wednesday. Mr. Obama decided to act because “many Republicans in Congress have made it clear in recent weeks that they were going to stall the nomination as long as they could, solely to score political points,” Mr. Pfeiffer said.

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