Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Health care rationing has arrived

"[The] decision is not whether or not we will ration care -- the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open. And right now, we are doing it blindly."

Donald Berwick, the man Dear Leader just unilaterally installed (in a recess appointment, since not just Republicans but even many Senate Democrats like Max Baucus had major issues with Berwick and his nomination was in deep trouble) as the head of Medicare and Medicaid.

Baucus, the influential chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is incensed (as everyone should be over this appointment) over today's developments, since his committee was robbed of the chance to question Berwick about his controversial views since, you know, the good doctor is now going to be lording over a significant portion of the American economy:

"'Senate confirmation of presidential appointees is an essential process prescribed by the Constitution that serves as a check on executive power and protects Montanans and all Americans by ensuring that crucial questions are asked of the nominee — and answered,' Baucus said in a statement."

But... making Berwick undergo public scrutiny about his background (he hasn't practiced patient medicine for some years and most of his professorships are "honorary", according to the above Washington Times article) and radical opinions on rationing health care would simply be honoring the vow of... transparency, would it not?

Yet another broken Obama promise, and this time at least one powerful member of his own party is upset with him to boot.

Welcome to socialized medicine, the very policy that's currently out of money and badly failing everywhere in the world it exists.  Take a number please, the line starts to the right.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

Oh, no, no, no. The line clearly starts at the far left.

WV: "lictur"

Why, yes, I did.