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Another White House Lie: Berwick Was Not Held up by the GOP

July 8, 2010

Donald Berwick, the new head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

lie: to speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with intent to deceive.

While deeming the recess appointment of Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the White House claimed that “Washington game-playing” was holding up the nomination.

That is a lie.

As Jake Tapper at ABC News points out;

Republicans were not delaying or stalling Berwick’s nomination.

Indeed, they were eager for his hearing, hoping to assail Berwick’s past statements about health care rationing and his praise for the British health care system.

Republican Chuck Grassley (Iowa) said that he,

“requested that a hearing take place two weeks ago, before this recess.”

Republicans were more than ready to grill Berwick, it’s the Democrat leadership that held up the confirmation process.

Democratic officials say that neither Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., nor Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, were eager for an ugly confirmation fight four months before the midterm elections.

The big problem for the White House and Senate Democrats is that in the past, Berwick has made some extremely socialistic remarks;

“Any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized, and humane must, must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition redistributional.”

Clearly, Harry Reid and the White House wanted to avoid public testimony concerning socialized medicine, especially with the November elections right around the corner.

Judge for yourself.

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