Berwick Nomination Unlikely to Move Forward

Senate Democrats “have given up on confirming Don Berwick as CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) administrator in the wake of a letter from 42 Republican senators opposing the nomination, sources tell POLITICO.”

Citing the GOP letter, a person familiar with the situation said Senate Democrats and the White House "can do the arithmetic" and now see that there’s no way for Berwick to get the 60 votes needed to clear the Senate.

At a meeting with health care lobbyists Friday, Democratic Senate Finance Committee staffers indicated that the nomination is dead, that there will be no confirmation hearing, and that they’ll soon be discussing "next steps" for CMS, sources said.

Berwick “received a recess appointment in July and was renominated in January.” If he is “not confirmed by the Senate, Berwick will have to leave by the end of 2011.”

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