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Obama Sends Senate Berwick Nomination for Medicare

President Barack Obama still wants the U.S. Senate to confirm Donald Berwick as administrator of
the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Photographer: Richard Chase/Harvard University via Bloomberg
President Barack Obama still wants the U.S. Senate to confirm Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Photographer: Richard Chase/Harvard University via Bloomberg

July 19 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama still wants the U.S. Senate to confirm Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Obama resubmitted Berwick’s nomination to the Senate today. He put Berwick in the job July 7 using a recess appointment, a procedure that lets the president fill positions without Senate confirmation when Congress isn’t in session. The nomination had been stalled since it was submitted in April because of opposition from some Republicans.

Sending the nomination to the Senate following the recess appointment is “simply a formality,” said Reid Cherlin, an administration spokesman.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversee the two government programs that benefit more than 100 million poor, elderly and disabled Americans, haven’t had a permanent administrator since October 2006.

Berwick, 63, previously was president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health.

To contact the reporter on this story: Joe Sobczyk in Washington at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at msilva@bloomberg.net

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