Friday, July 09, 2010

More on the Berwick recess appointment

From the WSJ:

White House respect for the public's health-care views dropped another notch yesterday, if that's possible, with its recess appointment of Donald Berwick. Circumventing Senate confirmation to appoint the new Medicare chief is part of the same political willfulness that inflicted ObamaCare on the country despite the objections of most voters.

And why?

Mr. Obama's real calculation was to dodge a debate in election season over Dr. Berwick's frequent praise for European health systems that ration care. The last thing most Democrats want now is to reprise the ObamaCare controversy.

1 comment:

Michael Kirsch, M.D. said...

Berwick won't be permitted to utter the 'R' word, even though he is a rationer. Of course, we already ration and will be doing much more of it in the years ahead. If you don't believe that every patient is entitled to every available medical benefit, regardless of the cost, then you advocate rationing. Of course, folks won't call it rationing, as this term is radioactive. Look for some sanitized euphemisms, such as evididence-based, etc.