Marilyn Tavenner, President Obama’s nominee to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, previously chaired a hospital association that advocates “healthcare for all.”
Another group at which Tavenner served in senior positions, the Hospital Corporation of America, or HCA, admitted while she was there to fraudulently billing Medicare and other government health programs, resulting in the largest fraud settlement in U.S. history.
Tavenner is slated to replace current Medicare and Medicaid chief Donald Berwick, who will step down Dec. 2, three weeks before his recess appointment expires at the end of the month.
Republican senators, citing Berwick’s record on health-care redistribution, have pledged to block Berwick’s reconfirmation.
Concern about Berwick escalated prior to his confirmation last year after WND was first to report he has argued for a “radical transfer of power” in the health industry and claimed patients’ quality of care in the U.S. medical system is currently measured by the “color of their skin.”
Tavenner has indicated she will continue Berwick’s initiatives.