Thursday, July 8, 2010

Look Who's Now In Charge Of Medicare And Medicaid

Mr. Wealth Redistribution, AKA Donald Berwick, was appointed by Barack Obama as a "recess appointment" to run Medicare and Medicaid services. King Obama has bypassed the normal Senate confirmation process in order to place this Marxist in charge of those programs.

Yahoo News reports
Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., whose committee would have held Berwick's confirmation hearing, also said he was troubled by the recess appointment. "Senate confirmation of presidential appointees is an essential process prescribed by the Constitution that serves as a check on executive power," said Baucus. Berwick was nominated in April, and Finance Committee staff was still at work on the vetting process it undertakes prior to scheduling a confirmation hearing.

Berwick, 63, is a pediatrician, Harvard University professor and leader of a health care think tank, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, that works to develop and implement concepts for improving patient care. The programs he will oversee — Medicare and Medicaid for the elderly, poor and disabled, along with the Children's Health Insurance Program — provide care to about 100 million people, or around 1 in 3 Americans.

"The decision is not whether or not we will ration care — the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open. And right now, we are doing it blindly." - Donald Berwick

Berwick is all for a single payer system.

Here it comes.
Who will live and who will die.
The Government decides.

With regard to Obamacare... One report also states:
"While rushing their massive government takeover of health care through Congress, President Obama and congressional Democrats promised it would create jobs, lower costs, reduce the deficit, allow Americans to keep their health care, protect seniors' coverage, prohibit taxpayer-funded abortion, and, of course, gain the support of the American people," Boehner's report said.

"It isn't just that none of these promises or predictions have turned out to be true. In every instance, Obamacare has made matters worse," the report said.

Among the study's conclusions:

* "Some of the nation's largest employers have announced they will be forced to make cutbacks as a result of Obamacare's job-killing mandates."
* "Two independent government entities … have confirmed that the new law fails to lower health care costs and reduce the deficit."
* "Obamacare includes at least a dozen violations of President Obama's pledge to not raise taxes on middle-class families."
* "The government has confirmed that the new law's massive Medicare cuts will fall squarely on the backs of seniors, millions of whom will be forced off their current Medicare coverage."

The report also said Obama officials have confirmed their new law "will force some 87 million Americans to drop their current coverage despite President Obama's promise that Americans would be able to keep the coverage that they have."

The report further states Obama has done nothing to implement his executive order that was supposed to prevent taxpayer funding of abortions.

Obamacare represents billions in new taxes, job losses, and an increased US budget deficit.

Unless we work to repeal or defund this monstrosity (which apparently is already in the works), we will be stuck with rationed healthcare, and government directives, which will cause many doctors to leave the profession, and which will also be more costly to taxpayers and businesses.