Health care

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Wednesday that Dr. Donald Berwick, an advocate of health-care rationing nominated by President Barack Obama to run Medicare and Medicaid, is “absolutely the right leader at this time” to run the government’s largest health-care entitlement programs.

So, someone who advocates rationing health care and who really likes the National Health Service of the UK has been chosen by Obama to run Medicare and Medicaid. Anyone see a problem with that?

In a talk he delivered in England in 2008 to mark the 60th birthday of Great Britain’s National Health Service, the bureaucracy that runs that country’s single-payer health care system, Berwick told the British that he loved their system. “”Cynics beware,” he said. “I am romantic about the National Health Service; I love it.”

When asked if Sebelius agrees with the following statement, she skirts around the actual question and then says she answered it when probed further for an answer.

“The decision is not whether or not we will ration care–the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open,” Berwick said in a June 2009 interview with Biotechnology Healthcare.

The government will pick and choose who gets healthcare by “rationing” it. Wasn’t something said about a death panel before the healthcare passed?

If government run health care is so great and cost effected, then why is the cost of health care in Canada rising?

Healthcare in Canada is delivered through a publicly funded system, which covers all “medically necessary” hospital and physician care and curbs the role of private medicine. It ate up about 40 percent of provincial budgets, or some C$183 billion ($174 billion) last year.

We were told that the health care bill will save money, yet it is costing billions to implement it. We were told that there would be no death panels, yet the plan is to ration health care, which would decide who is eligible for different forms of health care.

How do you like the health care bill now?

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