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Health-care rationing Obama believes in

When avowed liberals start calling Barack Obama a liar, you know he’s in trouble:

[I]n May of this year, the president nominated Dr. Donald Berwick, a professor at Harvard Medical School, to head Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services CMS – the most powerful health-care position. As Hal Scherz underlines, May 26: “CMS covers over 100 million Americans, has an annual $800 billion budget that is larger than the Defense Department's and is the second-largest insurance company in the world.”

Unlike Obama, Berwick is enthusiastically, openly candid in his support of Britain’s socialistic National Health Service. In a 2008 speech to British physicians, our new health czar said: “I am romantic about National Health Service. I love it because it is ‘generous, hopeful, confident, joyous and just.'”

That “just” National Health Care Service decides which care can be too costly for the government to pay. Its real-time decider of life-or-death outcomes is the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence NICE. Here is how “nicely” it works, described by Michael Tanner, senior fellow and health-care expert at the Cato Institute where I, too, am a senior fellow:  “It acts as a comparative-effectiveness tool for the National Health Care Service, comparing various treatments and determining whether the benefits the patients receives – SUCH AS PROLONGED LIFE – are cost-efficient for the government”, May 27.

Liberals skewered Sarah Palin for warning us of death panels.  She wasn’t far off the mark.

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