On July 7, 2010, President Barack Obama bypassed the Senate during the July 4th recess to appoint Berwick administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The move was criticized by Republicans, as well as Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana, who said that "Senate confirmation of presidential appointees is an essential process prescribed by the Constitution that serves as a check on executive power."
Donald Berwick strongly advocates the use of health care bureaucracy to redistribute wealth, and has publicly supported massive government rationing of health care services. Berwick caused controversy in 2009 when he boldly stated in an interview, "The decision is not whether or not we will ration care — the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open. And right now, we are doing it blindly."
- Ben Domenech. How Donald Berwick Will Run Your Health Care, BigGovernment.com, May 13, 2010.
- Glenn Beck. Glenn Beck: Obama forces through another socialist, The Glenn Beck Program, July 08, 2010.
- Rush Limbaugh. What's So Shocking? The Regime Recess Appoints Another Marxist, RushLimbaugh.com, July 07, 2010.