Obama’s Health Care Rationing Czar

Monday, May 24, 2010
Posted in category Health Tyranny

There is an interesting article in CNSNews about Obama’s nominee to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Donald Berwick, who reveals his passion for central planning and all things socialized.The article links to a June 2009 interview with Berwick in Biotechnology Healthcare. Some snippets from the article:

In a June 2009 interview in Biotechnology Healthcare, Berwick was asked: “Critics of CER (Comparative Effectiveness Research) have said that it will lead to rationing of health care.”

He answered: “We can make a sensible social decision and say, ‘Well, 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.’ We make those decisio all the tim. The decision is not whether or not we will ration care–the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.”

In the same interview, he also said, “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.”

Berwick also talked about his romantic view of Britain’s socialized health care system on page 213 of a report he wrote entitled, “A Transatlantic Review of the NHS at 60,” published on July 26, 2008.

“Cynics beware: I am romantic about the National Health Service; I love it,” Berwick wrote. “All I need to do to rediscover the romance is to look at health care in my own country.”

Lastly, in the 2008 report, Berwick wrote, “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.” Here is the 2008 speech where Berwick talks about the “darkness of private enterprise” and lauds a politically accountable system. He adds that “excellent healthcare is, by definition, redistributional.” Hat tip to Mark Fee for the article.

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14 Responses to Obama’s Health Care Rationing Czar

  1. PC says:

    May 25th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    It is amazing. So brazen – he puts it right out there. The Socialists are confident and powerful – they have no fear and nothing to hide. There is only verbal and written challenge to this thinking – but our rights continue to be taken away with no legal defense of the constitution despite all of these blogs. The Constitution is only as good as the words on this website – they are words that mean less and less every day that a new law is passed but there is no way and no one to truly defend them.
    It is clear to me that the majority of US citizens agree with this man’s logic about the healthcare being a right and that redistribution of wealth is only fair. No one seems to care that this is a nanny state, a police state, that rights are taken away at an exponential rate, and an all powerful government prys into all of our business – Even if they think they agree with founders like Thomas Jefferson and are proud of our country’s beginnings, they also feel that our military operations oversees are just or high taxes are only fair – so many just don’t get it and they vote for it all. We can get angry and vote the lawmakers out, but we vote in the other party who fails us as well. I feel so in the minority – I feel there is very little we can do. Too bad. This depressess me so much I think I need to stop reading it (although I am always drawn back). Is there really anything that can be done? I mean really?!

  2. Jeannie Queenie says:

    May 25th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Iluvatar, what you have to understand is these guys are mentally sick, otherwise known as really fk’d up! They may all have their Ivy League degrees, but mental illness knows no intellectual boundaries. I think that someone should ration this nutball’s air to his breathing tubes, so we need not listen to or read about all their grand plans to redistribute the wealth. These morons are looking to get up to 75% of our wealth. http://redalert.wnd.com/index.php

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    The CBO says Obamacare bill would lower federal deficits by $138 billion, but a former CBO director, Douglas Holtz-Eakin.
    “So fantasy in, fantasy out.” In the New York Times, he says, ‘The healthcare reform legislation would raise, not lower, federal deficits” “Removing the unrealistic annual Medicare savings ($463 billion) and the stolen annual revenues from Social Security and long-term care insurance ($123 billion), and adding in the annual spending that so far is not accounted for ($114 billion) quickly generates additional deficits of $562 billion in the first 10 years,” Holtz-Eakin points out.

    “The nation would be on the hook for two more entitlement programs rapidly expanding as far as the eye can see.”
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    I am not even going into the rationing bit, for it is a whole nother nightmare…but one thing is for sure, these idiots never had one freaking ECON 101 class in their life.

  3. Iluvatar says:

    May 25th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I got some bad news last week, and then today. What follows is just a story – nothing more:

    My favorite uncle “Oncle Memene” died last Friday. Last time I saw him was in Metz, France in 1981. Man had the heart of a lion. In his youth, he was a squared shoulder monster. He boxed a lot a kicked some major butt…

    In 1981, I visited him and grand-pere; they were living together as most poorer folk do in Europe. He was still driving his truck and doing OK. GP was still strong then (he was killed by a shave-head whose dad was the local judge). Nothing happened to the killer.

    Memene was half-Algerian & half-French, but he had the soul of Jesus. You could just see it in his eyes! He was always so UP! No matter what! He was bursting w/ love.

    But during WWII, he and his brothers & sisters starved for a period of 5 years or more while the war was working itself out. They lost all of their wealth. The starvation led to health complications, as they got older (just like my mom).

    I could go on but I won’t.

    Here is the 2nd story:

    Our office administrator (secretary) just died today

    She was a soul also on fire. From West VA – poor country, coal country. Also suffered from poor diet and starvation during the bad periods. Dad was a mean & abusive coal miner.

    She suffered HUGE amounts of stress over the past 3 years (brother in WVA was maliciously murdered), son had MRSA on his heart. About 3 months ago, she asked me to look into the viscera on the web so she could identify why she was having pains where she was.

    She went into the hospital less than 2 months ago. She passed away this weekend.

    The cancer (and everything else that developed) killed her in her in less than 3 months FLAT.

    She was 59.

    We used to trade the stories and then I used to try and tell her jokes to lighten her stress load – I could see it (Stress KILLS). She used to huck a lung laughing at me in the summertime – used to call me a Gingerbread Man! I laughed along w/ her – she needed it.

    I know that as adults we are supposed to keep our anger separated. Sometimes that can be tougher that you might imagine. As you all look into your own souls, there are moments when you did not succeed.

    Well, I failed big time in the last post. I am not “prefect”

    I apologize to the respected readership here and only ask for your forgiveness.

    And I respectfully ask again that you pull that post Ms DeCoster.

    Thanks, bon soir.

  4. Not Sure says:

    May 25th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    “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.”

    I wonder what sort of benefit it would be that he (or someone in his family) might need, that would be classified as a “we wish we could afford it, but we can’t” benefit. Wherever that line happens to be drawn for him, I’ll bet it’s about a mile and a half down the road past where it’s drawn for you and me.

  5. Iluvatar says:

    May 26th, 2010 at 12:15 am


    With that said, I have been grieving (in my own way) by listening to Yes (the album you never heard called Topographical Oceans), Jethro Tull (the OTHER album you never heard – Passion Play), Liquid Tension Experiment, Spock’s Beard, R. Wakeman’s Solos: King Arthur & The 6 Wives of Henry the Eighth, Mystery (new), & Pendragond’s Pure (not a new band, just a new release).

    But I decided, since I would choose to ROAR rather than ACQUIESCE was Ted Nugent – straight out of Motor City: It’s called “Stranglehold” – my favorite from the kicker. The key phrase (about 7:50 into the song) is this (one I have always resonated to):

    “Someday you’re gonna die some day; I got news you NEVER have to go!” (This beats the Jackson 5 straight up!):



    Please enjoy this wild man; who ALSO was a key libertarian and most certainly a gun rights man. Oh BTW; doing drugs w/ this dude? Would get you fired, on the spot! He was hardore anti-drug — Cool!

  6. Iluvatar says:

    May 26th, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Oh! I forgot to say! Dude still lives (& hunts) in Michigan, still!

    Karen, did you ever hook up w/ him?

  7. Iluvatar says:

    May 26th, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    @ PC:

    I feel the same way.

    I am fatiguing rather quickly on reading & writing.

    As an engineer by trade, we’re “wired” to solve problems. It’s just who we are.

    As far as I am concerned, the “discussion of the problem” is over, and it is now time to get a design for the solution.

    Can I call this what it is?

    It is a call to arms…


    “Resisting tyranny one Person at a time”

  8. Iluvatar says:

    May 26th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    @ JQ:

    Follow up to your recent thread.

    Here is Passport, from the album Sky Blue, “Atarxia” (did not watch it all the way thru – out of time, but I think Klaus comes on a bit later on sax). This is good chill stuff too; thanks for the Air tip:



  9. Tom Osborne says:

    May 27th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Did this demonic man actually say “the darkness of free enterprise”? I agree with what PC said about how very brazen this guy is, but I guess that’s because he’s decided that the majority of the people actually WANT wealth redistribution. They don’t care about the lack of morality of it, they just think that they would come out ahead, but that’s just failing to understand the fairy tale about killing the goose that was laying the golden eggs. This is also like the people of Zimbabwe killing the farmers and eating all the seeds. Such short-sightedness leads to nothing but extinction. If only extinction meant “extinction of this type,” I’d say “the sooner, the better,” but I’m afraid a lot of innocent people will be along for this very terrible ride.

  10. Jeannie Queenie says:

    May 27th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Iluvatar, My condolences to you on your most recent losses. This much have come as a complete shock if there were no indications of impending death for either of them. On to your apology at the end of that post where you point to a previous post…for the life of me, man, why do you need to apologize? I just read through your last five posts and find nothing!!

    There was one actress who survived in lean times on tulip bulbs, turnips and grass during wartime. She was non other than the exquisite, Audrey Hepburn. That period of severe poverty, I am convinced abetted the otherworldy charisma she exuded. She died in 1993 after she had visited the horrible devastation in Somalia.
    The Man, Ted Nugent/motor-city-guy-makes-bigtime, was a neighbor of my son’s guitar teacher who learned at the master’s knees. So indirectly, my son picked up much of what Nugent taught my son’s teacher, also an artist friend of mine when we lived in the UP. No way you can keep that wildman Ted down or keep his views in check .. Here he socks it to both Barak and Hillary in this video from 2 yrs ago.


  11. Jeannie Queenie says:

    May 31st, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Speaking of the healthcare topic, for any of you so inclined to want to know the evil lengths that Big Pharma and our gov’t who backs them up via mandates/vaccines, you must read this outstanding piece in the latest Daily Bell out of Switzerland.


    Not only is the article a must read, but the comments that follow are sure to blow you away. When you read of Merck wanting to get rid of doctors who don’t agree, and I mean Really Get Rid of via accidental death, this will have you thinking twice about what evils lurk in the healthcare plan.

    This one will take some time to get through, but I found it helpful to check out the urls listed within the context of comments. Not only the horrid news on many vaccines, but also the big lie about HIV/Aids and the drugs given to those sick with the disease. A surreal story about the Bill/Melinda Gates Foundation to render men here and abroad sterile by invisible injection–in short, a covert vaccine nanotechnology that uses sharp blasts of ultrasound ‘directed against a man’s scrotum to render him infertile for six months”, is hideous. This could be done at airports without subjects even knowing what is happening to their bodies..crazyland! Apparently they want to use this worldwide for population purposes..whatever, if I were a guy I’d be screaming pretty loud about anyone invading my private territory and messing with things..ck this http://www.naturalnews.com/028887_vaccines_Bill_Gates.html

    When you read the entire first article, afterwards just ponder how this impacts on our new healthcare bill and how we will be forced to pay for evil and monstrous practices. The redistribution of wealth that Berwick speaks of above, is none other than us forking over our money into crook’s hands, both in govt and big pharma…bunch of monster losers. The even greater evil is that by so doing, one would be contributing to the greater physical suffering of little kids and their parents, those with aids and a host of other examples that are provided in this article. You think you have already heard the worse, and then ‘bam’ outta the blue, comes ever sicker stuff like this.

  12. Iluvatar says:

    May 31st, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    @ JQ:


    The reason you can’t spot the problem post is b/c I asked Karen to pull it – and she did (thanks, Ms De Coster).

    Good take on Audrey, office mate also pointed out to me that she also starved in WWII. At least she faired better.

    I am glad a little Ted rubbed off on your son. Small world!

    Also, I am enjoying your other post below that one…

    A Toute A L’Heure

  13. Michael says:

    June 5th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Its going to be interesting to see what happens when this economy continues its nose-dive. What’s going to happen to all the “Gimmies! Gimmies! Gimmies!”? Something tells me they’ll continue their redistribution efforts via force, with or without the state.

  14. Jeannie Queenie says:

    June 20th, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Speaking of redistributing wealth, I just came across this latest endeavor of the nutballs in charge who also want to redistribute health along with wealth. While everyone was ogling the oil spill in the Gulf, these evil doers passed a bill on June 10, 2010. “Barack Obama passed an executive order mandating that all preventive health measure, even those outside government purview, be brought into alignment with science-based guidelines developed by the Centers for Drug Control and Prevention (CDC). This is in effect a way to bring in Codex Alimentarius, the globalist project to outlaw all alternative therapies, except those proposed by the government. Per this order, you will no longer be able to take whatever herbs or pills you want.
    Here is the full text of the order, at the White House website (the specific paragraph is Section G).” Read all about it:


    Speaking as one who took it upon herself back in the sixties to learn all about nutrition and supplement with the minerals missing from our soils, this is devastating news that our vitamin/minerals could be cut off by govt decree. Essentially we are now being told we have no right to good health or being personally responsible for said good health. Is there something wrong with this picture or is it just to late tonight for me to see what is really going on with this bill?

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