If you are currently on Medicare, by now you have already received the nifty 4 page flyer from the Department of Health and Human Services extolling the virtues of Obamacare for those on Medicare. Unfortunately, much of what is contained in the flyer is untrue. Now, however, you have even more to be concerned about.
President Obama has recently nominated Dr. Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. You need to know about the good doctor. But first, I give a hat tip to Wyndeward, a frequent author on this blog, who gave me the link to this article.
Here is what Dr. Berwick had to say:
The decision is not whether or not we will ration care–the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.
And, if that doesn’t scare you what follows certainly will:
We can make a sensible social decision and say, [w]ell, at this point, to have access to a particular additional benefit [new drug or medical intervention] is so expensive that our taxpayers have better use for those funds.
What better use of funds? Regardless of the answer, if you are on Medicare, and need a procedure or drug to survive, you will probably have a different viewpoint.
And then, there is this:
The social budget is limited—we have a limited resource pool. It makes terribly good sense to at least know the price of an added benefit, and at some point we might say nationally, regionally, or locally that we wish we could afford it, but we can’t.
Perhaps someone should explain to Dr. Berwick that our “social budget” for Medicare wouldn’t be “limited” if we hadn’t spent most of people’s Medicare taxes on anything but Medicare.
And finally, the obligatory left wing comment:
Any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane must–must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and less fortunate.
Some will, no doubt, say, these are just isolated comments. But, I think they reveal Dr. Berwick’s firm beliefs…beliefs that I, for one, certainly don’t share.