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Burr blasts Obama for recess appointment

Posted July 7, 2010 5:12 p.m. EDT
Updated July 7, 2010 5:38 p.m. EDT

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr called the recess appointment of a new Medicare and Medicaid administrator "an insult to the American people" Wednesday.

The Republican senator issued a statement condemning President Barack Obama for installing Dr. Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services while Congress was not in session.

Berwick, a Harvard University professor and patient care specialist, was nominated to the post on April 19, but senators have not scheduled a hearing to approve his appointment.