He goes on to excerpt passages from various speeches and articles which make it obvious that Berwick is a philosopher-king-central planning-power lusting-wanna be. He should fit right in at the West Wing.
Barack Obama's incredible "recess appointment" of Dr. Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is probably the most significant domestic-policy personnel decision in a generation. It is more important to the direction of the country than Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court.
The court's decisions are subject to the tempering influence of nine competing minds. Dr. Berwick would direct an agency that has a budget bigger than the Pentagon. Decisions by the CMS shape American medicine.
Dr. Berwick's ideas on the design and purpose of the U.S. system of medicine aren't merely about "change." They would be revolutionary.
One may agree with these views or not, but for the president to tell the American people they have to simply accept this through anything so flaccid as a recess appointment is beyond outrageous. It isn't acceptable.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
"Henninger: Berwick Recess Appointment Is Bigger Than Kagan"
WSJ's Daniel Henninger warns: