Skip to comments.Democrats Abandon Donald Berwick's Nomination to Top Medicare and Medicaid Post
Posted on 03/05/2011 2:19:49 PM PST by jazusamo
According to Politico , President Obama will be forced to abandon his controversial nomination of Donald Berwick as the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Politico reports that Senate Democrats have given up on confirming Don Berwick as CMS administrator in the wake of a letter from 42 Republican senators opposing the nomination, as there's no way for Berwick to get the 60 votes needed to clear the Senate.
As with his various czars, President Obama had previously circumvented the Senate confirmation process (despite having a Democratically controlled Senate) to install Berwick in his post. He had done so by issuing a recess appointment, but that appointment expires at the end of this year.
As I wrote last spring , the Berwick nomination is one of the clearest indicators of where we are headed if ObamaCare is not repealed:
As everyone knows by now, Obamacare would raise, not lower, health costs. This is the consensus view of the CBO, Medicares chief actuary, and the American people. However, another consensus view shared by nearly everyone outside of the Obama White House and the Democratic Congress is that the number one goal of health policy should be to cut costs. So, if you combine a health care overhaul that wont cut costs, with a pressing need to cut costs, where are we headed?
President Obamas pick to fill the top post at Medicare and Medicaid provides a strong indication. Were going down the only cost cutting road that government can travel. More exactly, were heading toward a nation-defining fork in the road. In one direction lies repeal; in the other, rationed care. In one direction, liberty; in the other, consolidated power.
President Obamas pick to head the massive Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Dr. Donald Berwick, is a Harvard doctor with a stated fondness for nationalized medicine. He plainly wasnt picked for his large-scale executive or managerial experience. Hes currently a professor, a pediatrician, and the CEO of a nonprofit whose website reports it has a staff of over 100 dedicated and talented people. No, he was presumably picked because he and President Obama see eye-to-eye: Both share the same academic approach to problem-solving, both think our health-care system should be run through Washington, and both support a strong degree of bureaucratic control over questions of life and death. If confirmed by the Senate, he would become head of an agency with a budget larger than that of the Department of Defense.
Lest anyone think I was exaggerating, Berwick has written that the British health-care system is more likely to succeed than the American one; that he feels an optimism about the [British] NHS [National Health System] that is hard to find in the UK nowadays; that he thinks nationalized health care was a wise choice in 1948 and that it remains so now; that the social budget the social budget! is limited; and that [t]he decision is not whether or not we will ration care the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open. This is who President Obama wants to have running Medicare, Medicaid, and significant portions of ObamaCare.
It looks like the Constitutions confirmation process will serve as a bulwark against President Obamas desires in this instance, although its unlikely that his next nominee will hold views that are radically different from Berwicks or his own. (That new nominee almost certainly will, however, have been more careful about publicly expressing those views). But Obamas failure to get his Berwick nomination through the Democratic Senate doesnt change the fact that Obama chose someone like Berwick in the first place, or the fact that he circumvented the usual process to install him in the short-term. Nor does it change what the Berwick nomination tells us about the direction in which Obama thinks ObamaCare would and should take American health care.
It’s a very good thing!
They even double counted 500 billion. What a mess.
What a mess is right. I saw yesterday where Sibelius admitted it. She reflects the caliber of people Zer0 has surrounded himself with.
Incredible isn’t it. If we make 2 years alive we should be happy. It will take years to repair the destruction of Americas worst mistake ever.
This creep can sneak out the same back door he snuck in,
She reflects the caliber of people Zer0 has surrounded himself with.
What's her name Tyson
and on and on
Seems like the only human beings who will work for Obama are female bigots. China has an open road to world domination.
Feel free to quote me.
Michelle Bachmann, one of the few in DC with spine and guts, is exposing deceptions hid in Obama’s DeathCare:
Please send to your address list.
Thanks. Michele Bachmann is right, it’s outrageous!
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What a nightmare. Only 611 days until election day Nov 6, 2012!