Happy Birthday, Dr. Berwick (And Enjoy Your New Medicare Benefits)

Berwick: Now eligible for Medicare
Berwick: Now eligible for Medicare

A pediatrician by training who administers the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Berwick is quoted saying he feels like he's still in his 20s, which is nice, and that Medicare feels safe and secure to him — even nicer.

While some people may dread turning 65 as another milepost of getting older, the white-haired Berwick is only looking ahead. He plans a birthday dinner at a restaurant in Washington with his wife, who works in Massachusetts. They are getting ready for the birth of their second grandchild in October. "I look forward to it," he said of joining Medicare. "I am lucky, I am employed and love my work and have no plans to retire. I see myself working for a long time, but it's good to know Medicare is there. It's security and it feels safe."

There's no mention of the political troubles facing Berwick — who was appointed by President Obama during a July 2010 recess and has faced the wrath of the GOP ever since. For instance, if he's not confirmed by Congress Berwick's term will end in December.

This program aired on September 9, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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Rachel Zimmerman previously reported on health and the intersection of health and business for WBUR. She is working on a memoir about rebuilding her family after her husband’s suicide. 



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