March 27th, 2010
04:42 PM ET
4 years ago

Source: Obama to name new head of Medicare, Medicaid agency

Washington (CNN) – President Obama plans to nominate Donald Berwick to the top post at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, according to a senior administration official.

The “nomination has not been made yet,” the official stressed.

Berwick is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, which is described on the organization’s Web site as “one of the nation’s leading authorities on health care quality and improvement.” According to the site, Berwick is also a clinical professor of pediatrics and health care policy at Harvard Medical School.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid is the federal agency that oversees the Medicare and Medicaid programs; the agency is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Obama’s decision to appoint Berwick to head the health care-focused agency comes just days after passage of Democrats’ health care legislation.

Related: House passes Senate's health care 'fixes' bill


Filed under: Health care • Medicaid • Medicare • Obama administration
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Kep moving forward President Obama, we don't have time to stand around or move backwards and other countries aren't waiting for us to play catchup. Keep moving Mr. President.

    March 27, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Blah, Blah and Blah

    You go Mr. President!

    March 27, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. ypsifan

    Now I suppose that we will have to wait and see which Idiot Republican Congressman will block that appointment.

    March 27, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. Denna

    Now watch the Republiklan and their minions, the tea partiers (yes, in small letters) raise heck about this. Apparently, Repubs are afraid that if they cooperate, their "base" will run them out of town. If necessary, President Obama should do an end-run around them. This post needs to be filled, and as President, he has the right to fill it with a person of his choosing.

    March 27, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. MsDp

    Thank God for a progressive, forward moving President. I think we just might get to our destination with this guy. Look out world, the United States is coming at ya.....YES WE CAN; YES WE WILL!!

    March 27, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Carrie Ca

    Yes our President is doing a great job and he is moving forward I prude to be an American and prude of my President

    March 27, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. southern cousin

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid? What kind of BS is that? Sounds like a new Obozo buzzword for tilling up the government with new socialist positions. It is so easy to look good and be boisterous about how much good you are doing when you are spending the country in to oblivion. Slimy, corrupt Obozo. IMPEACH OBAMA

    March 27, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. Erick

    We love President Obama!!! He has been doing a lot of thing for us. GO OBAMA!

    March 27, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  9. Carl

    Do as you please Mr. O...by 2012...you will be unemployed

    March 27, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. Carl

    I wonder why...they did'nt show a Photo of Berwick..????...

    March 27, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  11. Debby

    Why bother appointing anyone. AT&T, Catepillar and John Deere, are cutting their insurance for employees and retiree's which is their secondary insurance. Hospitals and even surgeons are turning away seniors who just carry Medicare without a secondary. How are parents even going to carry their kids till 26 if they get dropped from their insurance at work. The Republicans don't have to do a dam thing just sit back and watch Obamacare fall apart piece by piece.

    March 27, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  12. ib

    Look out here we go again. This arrogrant president has proved he doesn't care about us senior citizens and he keeps putting us down.

    March 27, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. Sheena

    Oh I can just imagine what is coming next, poor seniors are getting robbed of their rights and benefits now after paying in all their working lives and now who is he going to put in office and what other atrocities is this person going to do to the seniors....

    March 27, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. NYC REPUB

    I agree w/ Claudia from Houston........America must move forward we must progress.....we can't stop.
    Here is a quote from one of our great Presidents. Woodrow Wilson, on conservatism......."Conservatism is the policy of 'make no change and consult your grandmother when in doubt.' "

    March 27, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  15. Lesley Logan

    Good Lord!! So what? Joe Biden IS human after all and I'm fairly sure that kid had heard the F word a time or two before....at least Joe Biden didn't shoot somebody in the back like another VP we all know....get over it!

    March 27, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. polly

    Do we still have money to spend? Keep going Obama. Dig the ditch for us.

    March 27, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  17. darrent123

    Way to Lead!!1 Way To Go -

    March 27, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. Victor0803

    another good step

    March 27, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  19. Independent One

    Here comes another outlandish fear tactic from the repubs

    March 27, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  20. annie against biased news

    Is he marxist, socialist, progressive or just plain old communist. obama doesn't pick anyone that doesn't come under one of these catagories.

    Claudia – exactly what countries are we trying to catchup with? The great UNITED STATES OF AMERICA stands way out in front of other countries or at least it did until obama got hold of it.

    March 27, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  21. Yossi Gestetner

    Yeah, Obama needs a new person cuz the old boss said/wa®ned that in afew years from now, Congress will have to reverse the steep cuts in Medicare/Medcaid put in place by HCR. As a result, we will lose the $138 billion in "savings" from HCR.

    March 27, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  22. Keith in Austin

    I'm so sick of liberal Democrats and the free-loaders or just plain stupid fools that trust them!

    March 27, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |