August 13th, 2010
06:00 AM ET
8 years ago

CNN poll: Majority say they don't count on Social Security

(CNN) - Pessimism over Social Security is at an all-time high as six in ten Americans who don't already receive benefits through the program say they never will, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.

As the program nears its 70th anniversary of implementation, 63 percent of Americans say the program won't last another 70 years.

"There have always been a significant number of Americans who thought that Social Security would not be able to pay benefits to them when they retire," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "But since 1989, when Gallup first asked this question, that number usually hovered in the mid-40s and never rose higher than 52 percent. Today, 60 percent say they will never get a benefit from Social Security."


Filed under: Medicaid • Social Security
March 27th, 2010
04:42 PM ET
8 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
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