07.07.10

Senator Burr Statement on Berwick Nomination

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to be the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:

"It is an insult to the American people that the Administration chose to make an appointment of this scale during a congressional recess. So much for their promises of transparency and openness.

"Dr. Berwick, an advocate of government rationed health care, was nominated by the President to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on April 19, but Democratic leaders in the Senate have not even scheduled a hearing on his nomination. The public deserves to know how Dr. Berwick will handle an agency that spends over $800 billion in taxpayer money, but it is clear the President wants to keep his views and agenda hidden from the American people.

"The President is right that 'Washington games' are being played with this nomination—but he's misidentified the players."