Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Barak Obama's recess appointment to become the director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the office that oversees government health care programs, has stirred criticism not only from Republican leaders but from Democrat Senators as well. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) on Wednesday blasted the Obama administration for sidestepping Congress, stating, "Senate confirmation of presidential appointees is an essential process prescribed by the Constitution that serves as a check on executive power and protects Montanans and all Americans by ensuring that crucial questions are asked of the nominee — and answered.,"
Calling the nominee an "expert on rationing," Republicans are denouncing the president's actions. Pro-life leaders also condemned the nomination when initially announced in May. In the May 27, 2010 Life News, it was reported that Wesley J. Smith, opposes Berwick. Berwick is an outspoken admirer of the British National Health Service and its rationing arm, the National Institute for Clinical Effectiveness (NICE). Smith has frequently condemned this approach to health care.
Jake Tapper of ABC NEWS reports of an interview last year with Biotechnology Healthcare, where Berwick said society makes decisions about rationing all the time, and that 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."
Berwick has been quoted as saying that "the one thing the NHS is good at is saving money. After all, it is far cheaper to let the sick die than to provide care."
Pro-life advocates, including Sarah Palin, have condemned ObamaCare as being a tool to introduce rationing in to mainstream medical care management. While criticized roundly for speaking about "death panels," it would appear that Palin and other pro-life activists are right.
It would seem that the way this administration is going to deal with the social security and medicare problem is to ration care and eliminate the elderly and those dependent on receiving medical care for survival or longevity.
Only the outright repeal of ObamaCare will allow for protection of those medically dependent and disabled as well as the elderly. Find out for yourself if both of your Senators and your House Representative support the repeal of ObamaCare.