Obama sends pick for Medicare post back to Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama resubmitted his pick to run the Medicare and Medicaid programs to the Senate on Monday, two months after bypassing the body with a recess appointment.

In July Obama appointed health expert Donald Berwick to run the programs that provide healthcare to seniors and the poor after his Senate confirmation was held up by Republicans, who expressed worries that he would ration healthcare as a way to reduce costs.

The president has the power to fill top federal vacancies that would normally require Senate approval while the body is in recess.

The White House said in a statement on Monday that Obama had resubmitted Berwick’s name to the Senate.

Berwick’s appointment as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services placed him at the heart of Obama’s overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Stacey Joyce