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GOP targets nominee to run health agency, contends Berwick would ration care

Boston Globe, May 13, 2010

Republicans have opened an assault on the nomination of Harvard professor Donald Berwick to lead the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid, calling Berwick an advocate for "rationing" healthcare. Berwick, a pediatrician and president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, is widely respected by many policy officials across the political spectrum who say he has a firm understanding of how to overhaul parts of the healthcare system that lead to excessive costs, waste, and poor health outcomes. But GOP lawmakers are becoming increasingly vocal in their attacks on Berwick, the Boston Globe reports.