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July 11, 2010

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The White House on Sunday said the incoming director of Medicare and Medicaid has no intention of bringing British-style health care to the United States, after Republicans blasted the administration for bypassing Congress to install the controversial nominee this past week.

President Obama on Wednesday used his recess appointment powers to get around a congressional hearing and floor vote to appoint Dr. Donald Berwick as the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The nomination had been held up for months as Republicans raised concerns about Berwick’s past statements in favor of “rationing” and his claim to be “in love” with Britain’s health care system.

White House senior adviser David Axelrod, speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” defended Obama’s decision to do an end-run around Congress and tried to put to rest critics’ concerns about the incoming director.

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