Nations that do not remember history are doomed to elect bad Presidents who make very bad decisions.
The newest Harvard elitist to join the Obama team, Dr. Donald Berwick, knighted by Queen Elizabeth in July, 2005, feels very ‘romantic‘ about Britain’s socialized medicine. As a member of Labour Party Tony Blair’s ‘Modernisation Program’ board Berwick ‘fell in love ‘with England’s National Health Service(NHS).
The honorary knight will head up the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS) with a budget of over 800 billion. From statements he made as late as last year his opposition to spending money on life-prolonging measures doesn’t bode well for the unfit, disabled, chronically ill and elderly on government rolls.
He doesn’t want to reform, he wants to ‘transform‘:
Any healthcare funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane must, redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and less fortunate. Excellent healthcare is by definition redistributional.
No surprise here – Obama hasn’t chosen a non-Marxist yet to head up anything. Notice Berwick doesn’t want to tackle the fraud, waste and abuse rampant in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. He wants to redistribute the mess more evenly. Then he can set up a utopian panel of godlike physicians, bureaucrats and administrators to determine whose life is worth saving and who just needs a ‘pain pill.”