May 28, 2010
HHS Secretary Sebelius: Rationing Advocate is 'Absolutely Right Leader At This Time' to Run MedicareTopics: Political News and commentaries
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says that Barack Obama's nominee to run Medicare and Medicaid, Dr. Donald Berwick, a professor at Harvard Medical School, and an advocate of health-care rationing who has repeatedly indicated his support for rationing and for the single-payer, government-run health care system of Great Britain - is "absolutely the right leader at this time" to run the government's largest health-care entitlement programs.
[...] After President Obama signed a $787-billion stimulus law that created a Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research--perceived by critics to be a first step toward creating a federal rationing system for health care--Berwick defended the program and rationing health care.Sebelius does a great job of spinning, but never answers the question - because she can't without divulging the truth. But let there now be no doubt: Obamacare was scripted for rationing of our health care from the very beginning. From Obama's signing the $787-billion stimulus law that created the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research -- to the nomination of Berwick -- rationing is what Obama has had planned for us all along.
"The decision is not whether or not we will ration care--the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open," Berwick said in a June 2009 interview with Biotechnology Healthcare.
At a Wednesday press conference on Capitol Hill, CNSNews.com quoted this statement by Berwick to Sebelius and asked her whether she agreed with it. Sebelius responded by saying she believed Berwick is the right man for the job and is "well-suited to help increase the quality of health care."
"I'm really pleased that the President nominated Dr. Donald Berwick," Sebelius said. "He's known nationally as an enormously competent physician and an enormously passionate health care provider and someone who, I think, is incredibly well suited to help increase the quality of health care delivered to the 40-plus million Americans who rely on Medicare services and also the 30-plus million on Medicaid services.
"He's written extensively, he's taught all over the country, and I think he's absolutely the right leader for this time."
Sebelius likened an insurance company not paying a benefit it has not contracted for to the government, in a government-run system, rationing care to citizens.
[...] When pressed to answer the question of whether or not she agreed with Berwick's statement about health-care rationing, Sebelius indicated she already had.
"I just gave you the answer," she said.
Posted by Richard at May 28, 2010 8:35 AM
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