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Medicare chief makes 1st appearance before Senate
San Francisco Chronicle

As a physician and thinker, Donald Berwick was known as one of the nation’s leading health care innovators. As President Barack Obama’s Medicare chief, he’s been a mystery man — until Wednesday.

The 64-year-old pediatrician appeared before the Senate Finance Committee four months after his appointment as the only Medicare administrator to assume the post without Senate confirmation. But the tightly orchestrated hearing left Republicans complaining they were only given a nibble at his record.