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Obama sticks it to us again, bypasses Congress on Medicare appointment

Donald Berwick.

Look into his eyes and see what you see.

In May, 2010, Ben Domenech at Heartland.org stated the following:

President Obama’s nomination of Donald Berwick as the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is  gathering far less attention than a certain other nominee — but it will be getting more attention in the weeks to come, given his particularly radical agenda when it comes to health policy.

Well, no, not really.  There won’t be more attention paid to his radical agenda because president obama has bypassed Congress and appointed him during a recess to head up the CMS.

The New York Times states:

Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, said the “recess appointment” was needed to carry out the new health care law. The law calls for huge changes in the two programs, which together insure nearly one-third of all Americans.

Mr. Pfeiffer said the president would appoint Dr. Berwick on Wednesday. Mr. Obama decided to act because “many Republicans in Congress have made it clear in recent weeks that they were going to stall the nomination as long as they could, solely to score political points,” Mr. Pfeiffer said.


The recess appointment was somewhat unusual because the Senate is in recess for less than two weeks and senators were still waiting for Dr. Berwick to submit responses to some of their requests for information. No confirmation hearing has been held or scheduled.

So while the nation is celebrating its independence, our dictator president marches on to enact his socialist agenda.

If Republicans planned to stall this appointment?  That is a good thing.  Not only stall, they should prevent the appointment, if at all possible.  Don’t you just love it how Mr. Phiffer puts it.  Obama does this arrogant power grab and it’s all the republican’s fault.  Alert:  There are democrats and republicans and all in between American citizens on medicaid and medicare who will be affected by these policies.

Remember when opponents of Obamacare said it would mean rationing?  Oh, no, they are just trying to scare you, they said.

Of course, there will be rationing.  It takes a head in the sand to say otherwise.  It was true during the debate and now it is coming to pass.  And where are they starting?  Medicaid and Medicare – the most vulnerable citizens, those who have been promised that safety-net either by extreme need or at the end of their lives, (which, by the way, they have paid into their entire working lives by force and without a choice).

The interviewer pointed out: “Critics of CER have said that it will lead to the rationing of health care.” To which Berwick replied: “The decision is not whether or not we will ration care. The decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.”


And the Complete Lives System, by some equation of quality adjusted life years, which is not only unAmerican but ungodly as well, will be the vehicle through which these decisions will be made.  Whether you like to believe it or not there is a death panel under Obamacare and there will be rationing under Obamacare.

Everybody knows it, most of all Obama and his administration know it.  There’s no other way to say it, they have lied about it.  Why do you think he wants to bypass congress in this appointment and thereby bypass questions and probes into Mr. Berwick’s beliefs and opinions about healthcare?  You got it.  To hide.  Notice how many things are done in the middle of the night or on congressional recess.


This obama is a real piece of work.

He just continues to stick his finger in the eye of the American people.  We darn well better start fighting back.

Obama has no credibility, he has an evil objective, and now their only excuse for a recess appointment during a short two week recess is that George W. Bush did something similar.  Mr. Obama is trying really hard to do everything Bush did, isn’t he?  Bush’s Third Term.  Except his is a socialist agenda.  Bush was nowhere near a socialist.  Logic.  If it was wrong when Bush did it, it’s wrong when obama does it.  But once again, the baby obama administration blames Bush for their own actions.  Get out the pacifier, the baby is crying.  But these juvenile protestations only seek to mask the damage that is being done.

But the fore-warnings and fore-shadowing of this type of thinking is everywhere now.  What’s wrong for one is right for the other.  What’s racism for one is a lifetime of service for another.  What’s wrong for Bush is right for Obama.  And what will be a human being worth saving for one will be a human being on the garbage heap for another.

And, yes, I meant to say evil objective.  Any time you put price stickers on human life, making one more valuable than another, it is evil – and dangerous.  Because who is going to do the labeling?  Some imperfect person or panel who already thinks and believes they are superior beings.  I don’t trust any person to make that judgment.

All human life must be esteemed on the same high level.  Otherwise, who is able or trusted to decide?

What Price is Life?

Why we Must Ration Healthcare by Peter Singer

Posted:  07.07.10.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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Who gets the swine flu vaccine? Seniors get left-overs if there are any

Let the rationing begin:

Jul 29, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The top US advisory panel on immunizations recommended today that groups totaling up to 159 million people be targeted for vaccination against the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus but that a narrower population of about 41 million have priority if initial supplies are short.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) picked five target groups for initial immunization because of their increased risk of H1N1 infection or complications or their contact with vulnerable people:

  • Pregnant women
  • Household contacts of babies under 6 months of age
  • Healthcare and emergency medical services (EMS) workers
  • Children and young people aged 6 months through 24 years
  • People between 25 and 64 years who have chronic medical conditions

But if the demand for vaccine outstrips supplies, said Dr.Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the five groups would be as follows:

  • Pregnant women
  • Healthcare and EMS workers who have direct contact with patients or infectious substances
  • Household contacts of babies younger than 6 months
  • Children aged 6 months through 4 years
  • Children and adolescents from 5 through 18 years who have risk factors for flu complications

Healthy people between the ages of 25 and 64 can be immunized after the demand from the target groups has been met, said the committee, which advises the CDC. Because people 65 and older seem to have a lower risk of H1N1 infection than younger people, they can be vaccinated as supplies permit and other groups are served, the panel advised.

[Think about this.  It does not look good for the adult population and even worse for ages 65 plus, who essentially won’t be considered until the entire population has been vaccinated.  Even under the first scenaro, 65 plus are not allowed the vaccine.  It does not bode well for babies under 6 months old either.  It appears they have used the Complete Lives System advocated by Presidential Advisor and brother of Rahm, Dr. Ezekiel Emanual.]

old young peter singer

Now let’s see, Peter Singer equation as follows:

“If a teenager can be expected to live another 70 years, saving her life counts as a gain of 70 life-years, whereas if a person of 85 can be expected to live another 5 years, then saving the 85-year-old will count as a gain of only 5 life-years. That suggests that saving one teenager is equivalent to saving 14 85-year-olds.”

Excerpt from Why We Must Ration Health Care by Peter Singer published NYT.com on July 15, 2009.

See previous post What Price is Life? Peter Singer and Obamacare.

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Posted: 07.30.09

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