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.

Comments 3

  1. Marc Brown wrote:

    They didn’t lay a glove on him did they. Your trouble is every time the nasty right opens its mouth it seems just that – nasty and wanting to make things worse for ordinary people. So best to keep their mouths shut.

    Posted 18 Nov 2010 at 12:28 pm
  2. Catron wrote:

    They didn’t lay a glove on him …

    How could they? He didn’t even get in the ring. He recited his risible, ghost-written remarks, whereupon the Dems shut down the hearing after an hour. As Orrin Hatch said, it was “pathetic.”

    Posted 18 Nov 2010 at 1:28 pm
  3. 1773inBoston wrote:

    Our already crappy health insurance is now costing our employer too much. Thus, a change is required. My wife and I just filled out the forms for a new insurer. Fully expect it will cost us more for less coverage. Everything was fine until hope and change became more than just a slogan. Just want to say thanks for all you do Obamacrats. 2012 can’t get here fast enough.

    Posted 18 Nov 2010 at 3:19 pm

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