Obama To Try Recess Appointment For Director Of Medicare/Medicaid, Making Him Damaged Goods

Let me say upfront, I have little problem with recess appointments, as they are, in fact, Constitutional. However, ‘memba this?

“To some degree, he’s damaged goods,” said Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “I think that means we’ll have less credibility and, ironically, be less equipped to reform the United Nations in the way that it needs to be reformed.”

That was Barry speaking about John Bolton. So, I supposed this makes any recess appointment by PeBO damaged goods

President Obama will bypass Congress and appoint Dr. Donald M. Berwick, a health policy expert, to run Medicare and Medicaid, the White House said Tuesday.

Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, said the “recess appointment” was needed to carry out the new health care law. The law calls for huge changes in the two programs, which together insure nearly one-third of all Americans.

Mr. Pfeiffer said the president would appoint Dr. Berwick on Wednesday. Mr. Obama decided to act because “many Republicans in Congress have made it clear in recent weeks that they were going to stall the nomination as long as they could, solely to score political points,” Mr. Pfeiffer said.

Oh, those mean Republicans! Good thing the NY Times sets the record straight about what the GOP thinks of Berwick, who is a proponent of the British health care system, ie, rationing. Oh, and wants to destroy the American medical system. This is the closest the Fish Wrap comes

Senator Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas, said that, far from trying to delay a confirmation hearing, Republicans had wanted a forum where Dr. Berwick could explain his views.

“This recess appointment proves the Obama administration did not have the support of a majority of Democrats and Republicans in the Senate and sought to evade a hearing,” Mr. Roberts said.

Remember, transparency in Obama’s world is a talking point, not a verb.

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