Having lived in Great Britain for two years and seen firsthand what a disaster Britain's system was like, I was stunned to hear it praised in recent years by Dr. Donald Berwick, Obama's choice to become the new Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. My brother Tim had him as a professor at BU in his graduate program, and he is thrilled with this appointment. I hope Tim, who is actually involved as a health care administrator at IHC knows what he's talking about, but I'm not seeing it (yet). I can always be persuaded otherwise, hope always springs eternally within me.
Obama made this appointment without any Senate hearings to confirm him while Congress was out for the 4th of July recess. It's no wonder, when you examine his socialist leanings and his determination to end the "dark night of private enterprise."
In 2004, The Boston Globe did a story on Berwick. They called him "The Revolutionary." They went on to say, "The deeper Berwick has gotten into the problem over the last decade, the more radicalized he's become. . . His conclusion — to save the health care system, it first needs to be blown up." Tim's been out of school for a long time since Berwick was his professor, so maybe he isn't aware of Berwick's radical shift to the left.
When you're done watching the 2008 clip from Berwick's speech in Great Britain, click on another clip from Mark Levin.
Berwick's not interested in solving the Medicare and Medicaid problem — it's the whole health care system. It first needs to be blown up. How? That's like, to save the free market, I've got to abandon the free market. Oh, that one is working out well, isn't it?
So not only does he want to blow up the best health care system in the world — not perfect, but the best in the world — his idea of a fix is to make our system just like Great Britain's health care system. I'm wondering to myself, "Let's see, which alternate universe have I just entered?"
There is one other possibility -- he simply doesn't believe what he told his audience or he was lying through his teeth for their adulation.
I hope that's what he was doing over there, because if true what will he do here?