Obama bypassing Senate for new Medicare chief

President Barack Obama walk with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Netanyahu's car outside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

July 7, 2010 7:38:12 AM PDT
Bypassing Republicans eager to grill an administration official over the new health care law, President Barack Obama is planning to appoint the head of Medicare and Medicaid without Senate hearings.