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July 15, 2010

Donald Berwick Won't Be Subjected to His Own Healthcare Rationing

Posted by Dave Blount at July 15, 2010 10:42 AM

How could even power-mad bureaucrats advocate socialized medicine? Don't they know that they'll need healthcare themselves one day? The answer — the death panels are for us peasants, not for our collectivist rulers:

Donald Berwick, recess-appointed by President Obama to head Medicare and Medicaid, is a well-known advocate of health care rationing and admirer of Britain's National Health Service. Rising health costs and limited resources "require decisions about who will have access to care and the extent of their coverage," Berwick wrote in 1999. Last year, he said, "The decision is not whether or not we will ration care — the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open." Of the NHS, Berwick says simply, "I love it," adding that it is "one of the great human health care endeavors on earth."
As it turns out, Berwick himself does not have to deal with the anxieties created by limited access to care and the extent of coverage. In a special benefit conferred on him by the board of directors of the Institute for Health Care Improvement, a nonprofit health care charitable organization he created and which he served as chief executive officer, Berwick and his wife will have health coverage "from retirement until death."

It's good to be one of the kings — at least until someone sharpens up a guillotine.

On a tip from Edward.