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CHA backs Obama's controversial choice for key health-care post

July 09, 2010

The Catholic Health Association (CHA), which broke with the US bishops’ conference by endorsing President Obama’s health-care reform bill, has backed the White House plan again, applauding the appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

In his new post, Berwick will help design the medical plans required by the Obama health-care mandate. In the past Berwick has caused controversy with public statements calling for rationing of health-care services, and questioning the expenditures of medical resources on end-of-life care. His critics charge that President Obama appointed him during a Senate recess so that Berwick would not be subjected to intense questioning.

But Sister Carol Keehan, the CHA president, described Berwick as “a visionary with great insight and knowledge of the health care delivery system.”


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  • Posted by: kmbold - Jul. 09, 2010 8:48 PM ET USA

    Way past time to take the Catholic out of Catholic Health Care.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Jul. 09, 2010 7:13 PM ET USA

    As a Catholic nurse it saddens me to see the CHA losing touch with the most important teachings of our faith as it pushes deeper and deeper along what can only be an anti-life path. Perhaps those truly Catholic Hospitals will withdraw from CHA and form their own association that will be faithful to the teachings of our Lord and a safe haven to those who want and need a real Catholic Hospital. May the Holy Spirit open the hearts and minds of Catholic health care providers.