Democratic leadership has been reported to have “cooled” on support of Dr. Donald Berwick, Obama’s appointee to run Medicare and Medicaid. The Senate has decided not to take up Berwick’s appointment because of Berwick’s controversial, socialist ideology. But Barack Obama has doubled down on his support of the Euro-loving Doc and given Berwick another recess appointment despite his far left, out of touch policy ideas.
Berwick is now well known for saying that the U.S. “must redistribute the wealth” in its administration of government healthcare systems. His sentiment is far, far outside the mainstream of American opinion. Statements such as this have caused even Democrats in the Senate to shy from his appointment. But not Obama:
“The president stands firmly behind the nomination of Don Berwick because he’s far and away the best person for the job, and he’s already doing stellar work at CMS saving taxpayer dollars by cracking down on fraud, and implementing delivery system reforms that will save billions in excess costs and save millions of lives,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement on Thursday. (CMS is the acronym for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.)
Republicans sent a letter to the White House on March 3 rejecting Berwick’s appointment.
“As CMS now has the responsibility for restructuring insurance markets across the country, Dr. Berwick’s lack of experience in the areas of health plan operations and insurance regulation raise serious concerns about his qualifications for this position,” the letter said. “Furthermore, his past record of controversial statements, and general lack of experience managing an organization as large and complex as CMS should disqualify him being confirmed as the CMS Administrator.”
This will be the second time that Obama has doubled down on his support for Berwick as in 2010 Obama bestowed a recess appointment on the socialist doc to avoid a Senate confirmation hearing then, as well.
In 2008 Berwick appeared before a British healthcare agency and said, “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 the less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition redistributional. Britain, you chose well.”
Berwick is a socialist yet Obama keeps pushing this man into the fore.
This shows Obama’s true colors. His supporters blandly wave off any thought that the president is a socialist at heart. But with moves such as this Obama reveals with his actions that he is truly the most radical, left-wing president we’ve ever had.
Obama goes before the people and talks the good talk about capitalism. But with his real-world actions he proves that he stands against capitalism and for a government take over in every aspect of our lives.