After Berwick’s recess appointment, Republicans continued to grill him on the law’s implementation and his views on health care whenever he appeared at committee hearings. As Berwick’s appointment came to an end in December 2011, Obama nominated Tavenner to replace him. The Senate, however, never considered her nomination, and she has remained in the acting position since then.
Tavenner is almost certain to face the same scrutiny given to Berwick. But she also has the support of several health care groups, who responded to her nomination with calls for a quick confirmation process.
“We commend the White House for recognizing that Ms. Tavenner is a qualified and exemplary leader in health care, and encourage the Senate to move forward on her confirmation quickly,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living. “The CMS Administrator is too important a position to leave open, and Ms. Tavenner is the right leader for the job.”