Who is Donald Berwick?

Seriously.  Who is he?  Well, according the news, he’s our new administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Obama managed to bypass the Senate scrutiny process while appointing him while Senate was on vacay.  Tricky Tricky.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka likes him.  Not that I really know who Richard Trumka is either.

Let’s see what wiki says, since yanno, Truth is now a democracy:

He is:

-Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Health Care Policy in the Department of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.   Obama sure loves his Harvardians.

-A pediatrician, Adjunct Staff in the Department of Medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston, and a Consultant in Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital.

-President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

I’ve never heard of this IHI organization.  (I’m more familiar with the Commonwealth Fund). Research time…  Well, browsing through their site, they don’t seem to have as large a reach as other organizations, but they have some good public research papers.

Berwick tentatively has my support.  He seems highly qualified and I can’t think of a better pick offhand.



I made another post today about my personal experiences without health insurance. https://scandalousmuffin.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/on-being-one-of-the-46-million-uninsured-americans/


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