Skip to comments.A Rationing Advocate to Head Social Security Advisory Board?
Posted on 11/18/2011 3:25:33 PM PST by Qbert
When pro-life advocates list their reasons for opposing abortion-on-demand, they often cite their conviction that it is merely the first step toward even more grisly social engineering projects, including euthanasia for the old and infirm... [Snip] But such concerns will seem eminently reasonable to any open-minded reader who peruses the writings of Henry J. Aaron, the President's nominee for Chair of the Social Security Advisory Board. Like Obama's recess-appointed Medicare czar, Aaron is an unapologetic admirer of Great Britain's notorious socialized medical system, the National Health Service (NHS). Why? Because NHS administrators unabashedly practice the dark art of health care rationing.
Aaron, a Senior Fellow in Economics at the Brookings Institution, is unable to imagine any route to cost control that doesn't involve government coercion. In a 2005 Brookings white paper titled "Health Care Rationing: What it Means," he represents the NHS as a system that has come to grips with what he sees as the inescapable necessity for rationing. Predictably, he rejects any alternative involving the market: "The key to efficient market outcomes is that prices reflect costs of production. The market for health care does not operate that way."
Thus, the only realistic cost control option is government rationing. As Aaron's fellow traveler Donald Berwick famously phrased it, "the decision is not whether we will ration care; the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open." For Aaron, this conviction manifests itself in rather disturbing ways. He is, for example, a zealous proponent of Obamacare's Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). IPAB, you will recall, is the fifteen-member "death panel" to which Congress transferred the politically toxic task of imposing price controls on Medicare and thus rationing care to the elderly...
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It has nothing to do with “Health Care” its all about POWER!
What could possibly go wrong? /sarc
They banned the #1 breast cancer drug today, Avastatin.... death panels?
I’m working on how to ration my payments to the rationer.
“They banned the #1 breast cancer drug today, Avastatin.... death panels?”
This is a picnic compared to what’s coming, I’m afraid.