I have already expressed my excitement at having Don Berwick at CMS. I am pleased that President Obama found a way to make the appointment without allowing “death panels” to become a major media concern again. As expressed by Ezra Klein, “unless and until we find some way to ease the pressure Medicaid and Medicare are placing on the budget, we need not just good people running CMS, but great people.” Of the people I am aware of that might take this job, Don Berwick is one of the few with potential to be great.

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