Obama ignores Senate, makes recess appointments

Joseph Picard
International Business Times
July 7, 2010

President Obama today made three “recess appointments” while taking another swipe at Senate Republicans for slowing up the business of government for, he said, political reasons.

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“It’s unfortunate that at a time when our nation is facing enormous challenges, many in Congress have decided to delay critical nominations for political purposes,” President Obama said. “These recess appointments will allow three extremely qualified candidates to get to work on behalf of the American people right away. With more than 180 nominees still pending before the Senate, it’s my hope that my colleagues in Congress will agree to put politics aside and move forward on these vitally important positions.”

Last month, the President chastised Senate Republicans for blocking a vote on the extension of unemployment insurance. Benefits ended for 1.2 unemployed Americans on June 30 because Senate Republicans refused to back the Democratic proposal for extension. Democrats will try again to pass the extension when lawmakers return from July 4th recess on July 12.


Obama’s New Health Care Czar: “We Must Redistribute Wealth”

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Today, President Obama officially made Donald Berwick his recess appointment to be the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

In a 2008 while speaking on the British health care system in the UK, Berwick said wealthy individuals must redistribute their wealth to those less fortunate for health care funding. Also during this speech, he told those in attendance that he opposes free markets.

“Any health care funding plan that is just equitable civilized and humane must, must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition redistributional.”

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