White House: Berwick Appointment ‘Too Important’ to Wait for a Hearing

By Evan Harris

Jul 11, 2010 10:04am

This morning on ABC News’ "This Week," Senior White House Advisor David Axelrod insisted that President Obama’s recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to be the administrator of The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was simply “too important” to wait for a Congressional hearing.

“The Republican Party has made it a policy in the United States Senate to hold up… as many nominations,” as possible, Axelrod said. “This is too important. This position is too important,” he told host Jake Tapper. “In the midst of implementing health reform, it is too important to allow that kind of game-playing to go on.”

Tapper pressed Axelrod on whether the White House simply wanted to avoid a hearing because it didn’t have the appetite for the political fight.

“What we don't want in this…is to let this be drawn out in a long kind of political circus while the job that needs to be done is not getting done or not getting done with the man who should be doing it,” Axelrod said.

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