Category Archives: Berwick BS

DONALD BERWICK’S REPLACEMENT, MARILYN TAVENNER, IS A WOMAN WITH A PAST

In today’s American Spectator, I discuss the interesting past of the woman Obama has nominated to replace Donald Berwick at CMS. During the President’s first address before a joint session of Congress he made the following pledge: We will root out the waste, fraud, and abuse in our Medicare program that doesn’t make our seniors [...]

WOLF: BYE BYE BERWICK

Perhaps I’m mistaken, but reading his latest column for the Washington Times, I’m getting the feeling that Milton Wolf considers ObamaCare to be something of a liability for the Democrats: Obamacare is the Kryptonite of American politics: Not even Superman himself could survive touching this truly terrible law … Obamacare is the albatross Democrats have hung around their [...]

NEWT’S HEALTH PROBLEMS

In today’s American Spectator, I discuss Gingrich’s foot-in-mouth disease as it relates to health care. He has been on the wrong side of every important reform controversy. He has even praised the egregious Donald Berwick: Don Berwick at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement has worked for years to spread the word that the same systematic approach to quality [...]

AN HCA EXEC TO RUN CMS?

Now that Donald Berwick has resigned, President Obama has nominated Marilyn Tavenner to replace him as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). One wonders if she’ll get the Rick Scott treatment. What, you ask, is Catron raving about now? Well, Rick Scott once ran a company called Hospital Corporation of America [...]

BERWICK BITES THE DUST

Well, I guess we can all give thanks tomorrow that Dr. Donald Berwick, President Obama’s recess-appointed Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has resigned: The embattled acting director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Donald Berwick, will step down from his post on Dec. 2 after Republicans succeeded in blocking [...]

RATIONING ADVOCATE TO HEAD THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADVISORY BOARD

In today’s American Spectator I discuss the latest ghoul our President has dug up and set loose on the hapless electorate. Obama has nominated Henry J. Aaron to Chair this influential body, and that is not good news: We already have a staunch rationing advocate, Donald Berwick, running the government health care program for the elderly. Now [...]

WE’D LIKE TO KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOU FOR OUR FILES

My column in today’s American Spectator discusses a new federal regulation that will profoundly change your relationship with government and eliminate what vestiges of personal privacy you still enjoy: The new regulation … requires insurance companies to submit detailed health information about their patients to the HHS mother ship. And the “information collection requirements? (ICRs) [...]

VIDEO: MILTON FRIEDMAN ON THE PERILS OF GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT IN HEALTH CARE

This brilliant man explained more than three decades ago why government involvement in medicine always results in lower quality care and more restricted access. He uses Britain’s government-run system, which is (I’ll remind you again) the favorite health care system of Obama’s Medicare czar Donald Berwick, as an example of what inevitably happens when a government bureaucracy gets [...]

THE NHS AT 63: SORRY CARE FOR ALL

Actually, it didn’t start off as awful as it is today. When the British government took over, it inherited some capital assets that allowed it to maintain a reasonable level of quality for a while. But it eventually ran into the same financial issues that afflict all government-run medical systems. Now, it is essentially a third-world health care [...]

YOUR TAX DOLLARS ARE PAYING FOR MORE OBAMACARE ADS

Oh, you don’t want your money used to pimp a program that you don’t support? Still pissed off about AnDy Griffith’s grotesque propaganda last year? Tough! The Obama administration is kicking off a nationwide ad campaign urging seniors to take advantage of free preventive services such as cancer screenings made possible in Medicare by the [...]