Normally, presidential recess appointments are made because the chief executive doesn’t have the votes to get his nominee confirmed. In the case of Donald Berwick whom Obama just appointed during the Congressional recess to be the new Medicare chief he had the votes, he just didn’t want the public discussion about the obscene truth of ObamaCare: rationed care (which is actually rationed health and rationed life) and yes, the concomitant Death Panel.
The WSJ sees it the same way.
White House respect for the public’s health-care views dropped another notch yesterday, if that’s possible, with its recess appointment of Donald Berwick. Circumventing Senate confirmation to appoint the new Medicare chief is part of the same political willfulness that inflicted ObamaCare on the country despite the objections of most voters…
Without any public vetting, Dr. Berwick will now assume control of a bureaucracy with a budget larger than the Defense Department and that controls 4% of GDP today, hitting 5.9% by 2020 if the Congressional Budget Office is right…
In an influential 1996 book “New Rules,” Dr. Berwick and a co-author argued that one of “the primary functions” of health regulation is “to constrain decentralized, individual decision making” and “to weigh public welfare against the choices of private consumers.”
He then recommended “protocols, guidelines, and algorithms for care,” with the “common underlying notion that someone knows or can discover the ‘best way’ to carry out a task to reach a decision, and that improvement can come from standardizing processes and behaviors to conform to this ideal model.” And guess who will determine the “best way”? […] This is nonetheless where Dr. Berwick, in his bureaucratic wisdom, will look for his “savings.” It is also where his personal view of the “public welfare” will have the power to trump the mere “choices of private consumers.”
So no wonder the White House wanted to dodge a public debate and Senate vote on Dr. Berwick. He’s a too obvious reminder of the price controls and care restrictions that are inevitable with ObamaCare.
So it begins. And the beginning of the end will Be November 2, 2010.
New Ledger: Video–On the Recess Appointment of Donald Berwick