OBAMA’S RATIONING CZAR: Obama Uses Recess To Sneak His

Controversial CMS Nominee Past Senate
 Berwick Supports Britain’s Practice of Rationing Health Care
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Berwick sees need for “health care rationing,” arguing that government will need to make “decisions about who will have access to care and the extent of their coverage.” Berwick praised Britain’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Berwick agrees that NICE is a “bogeyman” in the U.S., but calls it “extremely effective...conscientious, valuable.” Berwick calls it “irrational” to not consider costs for rationing.
Berwick: “If you’re a cynic, you’ll want to go get a cup of tea about now. I am going to annoy you because I am not a cynic. I am romantic about the NHS; I love it. All I need to do to rediscover the romance is to look at health care in my own country.” Berwick: “The NHS is one of the great human health care endeavors on earth.” Berwick: “To an American observer, the NHS is such a seductress.” Berwick: “It can be an example for the whole world—an example, I must say that the United States needs now more than most other countries do.” Berwick calls the NHS the “holy grail of universal coverage” and decried the American system and “the darkness of private enterprise.” Under the NHS, children face rationing for “common operations.” In the UK, 36% of patients wait four months for non-emergency surgery; only 5% in U.S. Critics have stated that British run health care “is so amazingly, achingly, miserably, and mortally incompetent.” Under the NHS, “pregnant women were forced to travel up to 99 miles” to find a hospital. Under the NHS, “poor nursing care, filthy wards and lack of leadership…led to the deaths of up to 400 patients a year.” Under the NHS, patients “suffered appalling care” that “would shame a Third World country.”

 It’s Not Just Rationing Berwick Loves About British Government-Run Health Care

 BUT The British Are Suffering Under The “Holy Grail Of Universal Coverage”
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