A hearing with Don would've been grand. Bacus should have called him.
More via Paul Howard,
...in fact, Democrats did not even hold a confirmation hearing for him, which would have allowed him to confront and (potentially) persuade his Republican critics.I can assure readers, a confirmation hearing for Don would have been a grand Turkey shoot. A catastrophe for Obamacare. The consultant to NHS, who schmoozed NHS for contracts, then behind the doors told NHS all its problems, would have been the best evidence of the pathology of the Medical Industrial Complex.
Instead, it was Democrats' tactical (read political) decision not to hold a confirmation hearing for Dr. Berwick, since the American people might have found his many past statements in favor of rationing or his praise for the British NHS health system (which actively rations access to, among other things, new cancer drugs) deeply problematic in the run up to the November 2010 elections. In fact, that record might have made it very difficult for Senate Democrats in swing states to vote for him - creating a bipartisan vote against his confirmation and a huge embarassment for the Obama Administration.
In other words, revisionist history notwithstanding, Democrats found it inconvenient to actually schedule a hearing and vote for the man who they now say is indispensable for Medicare reform.