I understand that the President has the right to bypass Senate confirmation hearings by making recess appointments (they all do it), but is the appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to be the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS is the agency that runs the Medicare and Medicaid programs) what we all signed up for? Those of you who were pushing for the passage of Obamacare, is this what you wanted? The President promised 1) if you like your health care, you can keep it and 2) if you like your primary care provider, you can keep him or her. Dr. Berwick has expressed his admiration for the British Health Care system. In fact he has said he is "romantic about the National Health Service, I love it." For more in depth information of Dr. Berwick's position on rationing health care, this post from The Morning Bell, "Rationer-In-Chief" of The Heritage Foundation cites several comments by Dr. Berwick that should have each and every one of us extremely concerned.
This man is now in charge of cutting $500 Billion Dollars from Medicare and Medicaid! Do you remember how vilified Sarah Palin was when she spoke about the heath care reform bill having "death panels" in it? I am afraid she was quite correct in her analysis of the bill. But the press discounted her comments and ridiculed her for making such an outrageous statement. That would never, could never, happen in America. Right?
More "light" is being shone on Dr. Berwick's beliefs about rationing of health care and redistribution of wealth as it pertains to health care. From Human Events, Michelle Oddis has outlined the Top Ten Things Obama Doesn't Want You To Know About Donald Berwick.
This man is dangerous. There is nothing we can do to oppose his appointment. It is a done deal. Our only hope of changing the direction of health care in this country as we know it, and with which the majority of Americans are happy, is to work tirelessly for the complete repeal of Obamacare. At the very least, we must get conservative majorities in the House and Senate this year, so that the programs mandated by the bill will never be funded.