On Wednesday, Dr. Donald Berwick submitted his resignation as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Dr. Berwick was yet another recess appointment made by President Obama when even Senate Democrats proved “hostile” to his confirmation. Although his recess appointment would expire at the end of this year, Dr. Berwick announced he will be resigning on December 2.
This is good news for anyone who is on Medicare, or, for that matter, anyone who, like my brother, is ill and about to be forced into Obamacare. In case you have forgotten, let me remind you of a few marvelous quotes from the good Doctor that we told you about here.
It may therefore be necessary to set a legislative target for the growth of spending at 1.5 percentage points below currently projected increases and to grant the federal government the authority to reduce updates in Medicare fees if the target is exceeded.
Then we have,
A progressive policy regime will control and rationalize financing—control supply.
Parenthetically, “control supply” is government speak for rationing.
Young doctors and nurses should emerge from training understanding the values of standardization and the risks of too great an emphasis on individual autonomy.
Or, my personal all time favorite,
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.
I suppose that philosophy is fine, as long as you are one of the “leaders”.
And, all this time, I thought the far left was caring and compasionate…didn’t former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D. Ca.) tell us that when Obamacare was passed?