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All the President’s People: Donald Berwick

During the 2008 Presidential campaign
Barack Obama told audiences:

‘Judge me
by the people with whom I surround myself.’

We do!

Obama’s Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – Donald Berwick

(Appointed on July 7, 2010)

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Highlights of Donald Berwick’s Career

  • Was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in Healthcare
  • Supports a government-run, single-payer health care system
  • In 2008, Berwick praised the British National Healthcare System (NHS) at its 60th anniversary meeting for implementing a socialized health care system — rather than choosing America’s ho-hum, less superior, lower quality, fragmented, capitalistic, supply-driven plan.
  • Said: “[A]ny health-care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized, and humane must … redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition redistributional.”
  • Said: “The decision is not whether or not we will ration care, he told an interviewer according to the Associated Press. “The decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open. And right now, we are doing it blindly.”
  • Was appointed on July 7, 2010 by President Barack Obama as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which oversee those two federal programs. It was a recess appointment, meaning that Berwick did not come under Senate scrutiny prior to securing the position.
Condemning “the darkness of private enterprise” for having made health care “unaffordable as a human right” in the United States, Berwick lauded Britain’s NHS for “guaranteeing it as a human right.” He derided people who favored free-market systems as benighted ideologues who had gullibly sworn allegiance to “the invisible hand of the market,” rather than choose what Berwick viewed as the wiser alternative: “using [the] tax base to provide a single route of finance.”

 

Donald Berwick opposes free market solutions to health care problems in favor of a system driven by “leaders with a plan“. He dismissed the possibility that competition gives hospitals an incentive to produce higher quality goods and lower costs to attract patients.

Despite promises that Obamacare will not include health care rationing or will result in a single-payer socialized health care system and despite Obama’s promise to run the most open and transparent administration in history we’re getting a recess appointment without extending senators the courtesy of listening to their advice and consent on the nomination of a man, Dr. Berwick, who believes an army of public servants ought to operate health care under the banner of central planning.