Obama to Bypass Senate with recess appointment

President Obama will bypass Congress and appoint Dr. Donald M. Berwick, a health policy expert, to run Medicare and Medicaid, the White House said Tuesday.

Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, said the “recess appointment” was needed to carry out the new health care law. The law 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.”

In April, Mr. Obama nominated Dr. Berwick to be administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The agency has been without a permanent administrator since October 2006.  Republicans have used the nomination to revive their arguments against the new health care law, which they see as a potent issue in this fall’s elections.


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3 responses to “Obama to Bypass Senate with recess appointment

  1. wicked

    Why announce this? Why not keep mum until it’s a done deal? The Republicans set the standard during Bush’s reign. Let the Democrats live up to it and show they can do it even better.

    As has been stated over and over, Obama clearly won the election. The people spoke. If the Party of No wants to be a childish sore loser, treat it like a child having a tantrum: IGNORE IT.

    • indypendent

      In this case, I kinda prefer the old days of taking that tantrum-throwing child out to the woodshed.

      I know it would make me feel better. LMAO

  2. In late June a bunch of nominees were finally confirmed. President Obama made a big deal out of publicizing how easy it was for a single Senator to put holds (anonymously) on bills, nominees, etc. So in one fell swoop there were 60 some nominees approved.

    Here’s an interesting interactive graphic and database to track and analyze the process of nominees, confirmations… Click around, you’ll find it interesting.