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May 13, 2010

'Obama's Nomination of Radical Donald Berwick and Obamacare Equals Socialism on Steroids'

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Donald Berwick is an Ivy League academic who loves wealth redistribution and believes that health care is an ideal vehicle to achieve it. He has said that "Any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane must --- redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. He is said to "lust after the British system of socialized medicine" and has said that "America's health care system runs in the "darkness of private enterprise,"" and that the "best (health care) system is ration-based single payer."

Barack Obama has nominated Berwick to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

As David Limbaugh warns, Berwick's nomination combined with Obamacare is nothing less than socialism on steroids:

We knew Obama was prevaricating when he told us his purpose to cram through Obamacare was to provide universal access to coverage and reduce costs, but how many people did he manage to fool? How many are still fooled?

He repeatedly complained that America spent more on health care than other nations "but wasn't any healthier." He grossly distorted the numbers of chronically uninsured. He lied about his support for a single-payer plan and in denying that the "public option" was a Trojan horse for such a plan. He misled us concerning his intention to federally fund abortions and the coverage of illegals.

He deceitfully insisted that he wouldn't interfere with the patient-doctor relationship, that patients could choose to keep their own plans, that his plan wouldn't lead to rationing and that it would increase the quality of care.

Perhaps his most cynical fraud was his line that he would not sign a bill that would add one single dime to the federal deficit. Along with the uninsured canard, this was his biggest selling point for Obamacare: Health care costs were skyrocketing, and he had the magic bullet to remedy that.

Well, we already have objective proof (courtesy of a delinquent Congressional Budget Office pronouncement) that this, too, was a lie.

Obama and congressional Democrats moved budgetary mountains (in the way David Copperfield moves mountains onstage) to create the CBO-supported illusion that his bill wouldn't increase federal budget deficits. By asking the CBO to make absurd assumptions and by borrowing from other mythical funds (Medicare), Obamacrats were finally able to make the numbers balance, just long enough to give Obama cover to sign the bill.

But less than two months after he signed the bill into law, the CBO, in response to Rep. Jerry Lewis' request for a rescoring based on realistic assumptions instead of the bogus ones Democrats submitted, has already admitted its estimate didn't take into account "discretionary" expenditures that will add some $115 billion worth of costs.

With the publication of this news, the administration is now making noise, threatening not to fund the bill unless Congress finds sufficient savings elsewhere to nullify that "unexpected" cost increase. Give me a break. Just how stupid can these people think we are? They knew about these false assumptions before Obama signed the bill, and they're not about to withdraw their wholesale endorsement for Obama's crowning legislative "achievement."

But as bad as Obama's lies were about the costs of his plan, many of us warned that a greater evil in Obamacare was its guaranteed path to reducing our freedoms. Ronald Reagan was not just issuing platitudes when he said, "One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It's very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. ... From here, it's a short step to all the rest of socialism."

Read more - and find out how, with the nomination of Donald Berwick to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the role of the CMS will be greatly expanded to define the quality of health care for every insurance plan, set reimbursement rates for physicians in Medicare and Medicaid and decide how valuable certain treatments are - essentially giving CMS total "control of the practice of medicine."

Here's Donald Berwick himself - on "Redistributing Wealth":

As Ben Domenech points out in his Obama Nominee Donald Berwick's Radical Agenda - Robert Goldberg, vice president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, writes on Berwick's views expressed in 2008 at length in this piece at the American Spectator:

"Berwick complained the American health system runs in the -- darkness of private enterprise, -- unlike Britains "politically accountable system." The NHS is 'universal, accessible, excellent, and free at the point of care' -- a health system that is, at its core, like the world we wish we had: generous, hopeful, confident, joyous, and just"; America's health system is "toxic," "fragmented,," because of its dependence on consumer choice. He told his UK audience: "I cannot believe that the individual health care consumer can enforce through choice the proper configurations of a system as massive and complex as health care. That is for leaders to do"

[...] "It may not be joyous or just or configured correctly, but for nearly every disease, particularly cancer, stroke, and heart attacks, Americans live longer and healthier than the English because of better care."

Take the time to read more of Domenech's piece here, then contact your Senator and say no to Donald Berwick's at CMS and socialism. Make sure your senator knows of Berwick's radical agenda.

Posted by Richard at May 13, 2010 3:47 PM

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