Compassion Care

Donald Berwick is the president's Medicare/Medicaid Czar, and he's eager to talk to the media... about nothing! He'll be making the health care decisions for about half of all Americans, so he certainly doesn't have time to be talking to reporters.

It is hard to know for sure because Berwick has been all but invisible since Obama installed him via a recess appointment as the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Still hoping to keep Berwick — and criticisms of health reform — out of the spotlight, the White House has declined to make him available for media interviews. "Apparently," quipped one health care policy expert, "they have him in a cave somewhere."