Sen. Mitch McConnell on what's wrong with the recess appointment of #1 NHS fanboy Dr. Donald Berwick as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:
“As if shoving a trillion dollar government takeover of health care down the throat of a disapproving American public wasn't enough, apparently the Obama Administration intends to arrogantly circumvent the American people yet again by recess appointing one of the most prominent advocates of rationed health care to implement their national plan.On the bright side, Daniel Foster points out: "The appointment is only good through January, at which point a new Congress will have been sworn in."
“Democrats haven't scheduled so much as a committee hearing for Donald Berwick but the mere possibility of allowing the American people the opportunity to hear what he intends to do with their health care is evidently reason enough for this Administration to sneak him through without public scrutiny.
“Just over three months after passage of this misguided law, with Americans' worst fears about it being realized every day, the fact that this Administration won't allow the man charged with implementing the President's plan to cut $500 billion out of Medicare to testify about his plans for the care of our nation's seniors is truly outrageous.” [emphasis added]
Jeffrey Anderson and Pat Austin wrote about Berwick a few months ago. The Harvard physician is an unabashed proponent of socialized medicine and rationing, which is why Obama chose him. (My Berwick posts here.)
The White House defends the recess appointment as a way around "Washington game-playing" by the GOP. [Pause here to absorb the irony of that one.] In other words, the Obama administration knows the man would have faced rigorous questioning. And more significantly, additional horrifying Obamacare spoilers would be revealed.
November is looming. The less said about the specifics of Obamacare and the cutting and rationing it will necessitate, the better. So they're opting out of that advice and consent thing. I think this is what they call "transparency."
Michelle Malkin calls it cowardice. She has the video of Berwick praising nationalized medicine as a means of wealth redistribution: "Excellent health care is by definition redistribution."
The dismantling of America rolls on.
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