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Marilyn Tavenner won Senate approval Wednesday to run Medicare and other major health insurance programs. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

WASHINGTON — A former intensive care nurse with a businesslike approach to a politically divisive public policy area won Senate approval Wednesday to run Medicare and other major health insurance programs.

By an overwhelming 91-7 vote, the Senate confirmed Marilyn Tavenner to oversee Medicare, Medicaid, children’s health insurance and coverage for the uninsured under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

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