Today, four months after the President used a recess appointment to install him as CMS administrator, Donald Berwick will finally stoop to testify before the Senate Finance Committee:
Don Berwick, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will face vigorous questioning from Republicans when he appears before the Senate Finance Committee …
If the Republicans are truly “vigorous,” they will ask him about his conflicts of interest as they relate to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), a “nonprofit” he founded and ran for years:
IHI receives nearly $ 2 million a year in federal grants. These grants appear to be awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services. Will Berwick recuse himself from grant-making decisions pertaining to IHI?
They should also ask the good doctor about his refusal to release funding information for IHI. He is curiously reluctant to answer questions about who provided money to his prosperous “nonprofit”:
Republicans … question whether the new Medicare chief could have a conflict of interest if medical-device companies or health plans helped make his generous compensation package possible in the first place.
And, of course, the Repubican Senators should ask him to elaborate on his public statements concerning the purpose of the health care system, wealth redistribution and rationing:
Any healthcare funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane, must redistribute wealth … the decision is not whether or not we will ration care; the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.
It would also be interesting to hear the good doctor hold forth on all the ObamaCare waivers that his boss is handing out to the unions and other Democrat-friendly entities.