By Sam Baker - 11/28/11 04:16 PM EST
“We encourage the Senate Finance Committee to expeditiously consider Ms. Tavenner's nomination upon submission, and respectfully urge the U.S. Senate to confirm her before the end of the year,” alliance President Alan Rosenbloom said.
Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchOvernight Healthcare: How GOP could help fix ObamaCare | Cures bill in jeopardy | Senators unveil Medicare reforms Senators unveil bipartisan Medicare reforms The holy grail of tax policy MORE (R-Utah), the top Republican on the Finance Committee, said last week that the panel would thoroughly vet Tavenner but did not immediately express opposition to her nomination.
President Obama ultimately used a recess appointment to get Berwick into the top job at CMS after Senate Republicans made clear that they would block his confirmation. Although Berwick is widely respected, especially in academic circles, Republicans seized on comments he made praising the British healthcare system.
The controversy did not subside as Berwick spent more time on the job — Rep. Phil GingreyPhil GingreyBeating the drum on healthcare Former GOP chairman joins K Street Former Rep. Gingrey lands on K Street MORE (R-Ga.) recently compared Berwick to Don Corleone, the title character from "The Godfather."