Obama’s CMS Nominee Loves the NHS

Chairman, err I Mean President Obama has struck again. He has dipped into the Marxist pool and pulled out yet another nominee to be placed in a position of power; this time over elderly and disabled Americans who rely on Medicare and Medicaid for their healthcare. This man is named Donald Berwick and he is an Ivy League academic who has three degrees from Harvard. He founded a think-tank based in Cambridge called the Institute for Health Care Improvement, or IHI. His favorite health care governing body seems to be the NHS (National Health Service) in the UK. He even worked on the NHS under Tony Blair and now, if confirmed by the Senate, he gets to implement ideas garnered in his experiences there.

Now before anyone starts throwing bricks at me for calling this learned man a Marxist, let me just point you to what it says in Wikipedia about him:

“Berwick, a Marxist, graduated with a B.A. from Harvard College, and received …”


He said the following in a speech in 2009:

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 healthcare is by definition redistributional.


NICE is extremely effective and a conscientious, valuable, and — importantly — knowledge-building system [which has] developed very good and very disciplined, scientifically grounded, policy-connected models for the evaluation of medical treatments from which we ought to learn.


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.

Full Speech – (click on the link entitled: “Speech Don Berwick”)

We all know enough about the horror stories of government run health care and the rationing that goes along with it to be very afraid of someone with this mentality to be in charge of my healthcare.

Now to be fair, it appears that Mr. Berwick has a reputation as someone who has been able to improve the quality of healthcare at some hospitals around the country. In 2007, he won the Purpose Prize for “enlisting wide-scale cooperation and scientifically-proven protocols to help hospitals improve care and save more than 100,000 lives.”


That being said, he may have improved the quality of health providers within our healthcare industry, but that doesn’t mean he is a good choice to run our healthcare industry.

This is just another one of Obama’s radical associates who has been hand picked to push his radical agenda. So if you are against having a Marxist in charge of Medicare and Medicaid, please contact your Senator.

Find your Senator


18 comments on “Obama’s CMS Nominee Loves the NHS

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  2. I just can’t believe we are letting this go on in the United States! Yet, except for my writing, calling and voting, I feel so helpless to do anything about it and those in Washington on our side seem so helpless also. Us true American Conservatives need to be a little radical and do everything we can to get people to the polls in November.

    • I hear ya Jackie. It is so easy to get discouraged, but we have to keep on keepin’ on, ya know? But rest assured, there is strength in numbers, so remember that conservatives out number libs and statists by a vast majority.

  3. Thank you for posting this Don, great post. There seems to be a never ending list of dangerous people entering the Obama administration. While it may be true that he has made some improvements within the field, something tells me his ideology will come first.

  4. As someone who has received part of his medical education under the NHS system, I’m confident in what it can provide in terms of services and in terms of quality physicians.

    But I already know I can’t sway you on the NHS. Your blah blah on BC serves as evidence enough for just how entrenched you are in that regard.

    What I will throw at you is that the Wikipedia page does not state Berwick is a Marxist. Might want to find another source. I’m not saying one way or the other whether he is or isn’t. Just saying your cited source doesn’t say either way.

    • @BassDem…As of last night, May 13th when I posted this article the Wikipedia website DID have Berwick listed as a Marxist. Now that he is getting negative attention it would seem that Wikipedia is up to their old tricks again. A very leftist site that purports to be centrist. Hah, not a chance.

      As to your NHS cheerleading, what do you have to say about the rationing that goes on in the UK? Or what do you have to say about the women with breast cancer who are denied Tyverb (lapatinib), the only drug that works with some advanced stage cancer patients?

      • So let me get this straight. Some time between May 13 at 12:46AM and the time I posted my comment, Wikipedia went from being your credible source to a leftist site up to its old tricks? You just hosed your own credibility.

        I already addressed my thoughts on the NHS. Nothing I say will dislodge your head from your ass with regard to how you feel about the NHS. My comment had nothing to do with the NHS, but rather, the lack of a credible source.

        You immediately fell back to wingnut conspiracy theory mode. Obviously some leftist edited the Wiki entry, right? No chance some wingnut made the Marxist addition first, right?

        Find a source. Otherwise, you’ve got unsubstantiated information hanging out there open to criticism, assuming any of your blog readers ever challenge you. As a writer, you should be concerned about whether your readers take you seriously at this point. Cite a source, then disparage it? What kind of writer does that?

      • It is hardly a secret that Wikipedia alters the pages on their website when it suits their agenda. For me to point this out, which if you had been reading any of my other posts here or at the ezine I contribute to, you would know that I make no bones about Wiki.

        You still failed to discuss the rationing that goes on in the UK.

        A drug which can give women with advanced breast cancer extra weeks or months of life has been turned down by a government watchdog body for use in the NHS.

        The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) says it proposes to reject Tyverb (lapatinib) in spite of changes in the rules brought in specifically to allow people at the end of their lives to have the chance of new and often expensive treatments.

        Tyverb is the only drug licensed for women with advanced breast cancer whose tumours test positive for a protein called HER2 and for whom Herceptin, a Nice-approved drug, is no longer working. In much of the rest of Europe, Tyverb is then given, in combination with a standard chemotherapy drug called capecitabine.

        Around 2,000 women in the UK could be eligible for the drug, which has the additional benefit of being taken in pill form, which means that women can stay at home and attempt to live normal lives.


        Oddly enough, in the United States where we have a small number of states with State Government run healthcare we have rationing as well. However, here in the States, folks have other choices.

        Barbara Wagner was an Oregon woman, whose lung cancer had been in remission. She then found out that the disease had returned and was in al probabilities terminal. Her last hope was a $4,000-a-month drug that her doctor prescribed for her, but the Government refused to pay.

        What the Oregon Health Plan did agree to cover, however, were drugs for a physician-assisted death. Those drugs would cost about $50.

        How nice of the State of Oregon to offer to help kill Ms. Wagner. Thank God for one of those “evil” big pharma companies, the one that invented the drug she needed stepped in and gave it to her free of charge.


        Don’t care to defend rationing? Then how about defending this?

        The babies born in hospital corridors: Bed shortage forces 4,000 mothers to give birth in lifts, offices and hospital toilets


        I mean you pick an area of the NHS that you wish to defend and we can debate it; if you are up for it.

        Maybe we should start with this:

        More than 17,000 people receiving treatment in the UK have died unnecessarily because of the inadequacies of the NHS, it is claimed today.


        Now as to that feat of physical flexibility that you accused me of; I can only offer that if I did have my head up my ass, I was merely doing so in the spirit of trying to see things from YOUR point of view…

        Stop with the insults and regale us with the wondrous and miraculous attributes of your beloved NHS.

    • I didn’t think I would get a response to my questions of BassDem. But you never know, I might be surprised…

      • Hell Don, he was screwed as soon as he made the comment. He could bury him in all the verifiable stuff about rationing that is freely out there.

        The NHS, like most other socialized medical systems are great if you’re mostly healthy. Just don’t get too sick, or too hurt,

      • Yeah, I didn’t really expect him to defend the NHS, but I always hold out hope of having a rational debate with a leftie… I know, I know; I have better odds of winning the lotto.

  5. Well said Don. This is a vital issue, as Berwick will take us to a place in which people will be denied care at an unprecedented level. His fandom if the NHS and NICE has to include their refusal to cover cancer treatments. This refusal kills approximately 20,000 Brits each year. The reason for the denial? Cost!

    Isn’t that the primary complaint they have against the insurance industry?

    • Yes it is Matt. But see the difference is, under Government rationing, they are doing it out of the goodness of their hearts…

      Thanks for the link!

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  7. Well done, Don. Too bad we can’t have all of these czar types walk through fire to earn their jobs. I doubt Mr. NHS (aka, rationing body) would have the stones to complete the test.

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