Thursday, July 15, 2010

Well done, Mitch McConnell. GOP slams the door shut on Obama nominees in retaliation for Berwick recess appointment.

I haven't exactly been impressed with the leadership and charisma of Mitch McConnell over the years. But he definitely deserves credit for pimp-slapping Rahm Emanuel and the White House earlier today.

Senate Republicans are still fuming over the recess appointment of Donald Berwick to head the federal agency in charge of Medicare and Medicaid.

Top 10 Rejected DemCare Slogans

10. Why choose an expensive treatment when pain-pills will do?
9. Assisted Suicide: Do it for the Children
8. We Put the Rash in Rationing
7. Ask Us About Our Discount Placebo Program!
6. Only Selfish People Beg for CAT Scans.
5. Take a Number! The Bureau of Health Waiting Rooms reports the average wait time is now down to 123 minutes (in some locations)
4. Quack isn't just the sound a duck makes: we're importing medical experts from Mexico as part of our new Health Amnesty Program!
3. Shut up, take a seat and wait for your number to be called, Mr. GB21708-4.
2. Rahm Emanuel perusing your medical records: what could go wrong?
1. Sound mind, sound body -- take your pick.
In retaliation, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) blocked a Democratic request Wednesday evening to advance two of President Obama’s nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Also Wednesday evening, Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee demanded a public hearing on Berwick.

Obama used his constitutional prerogative to circumvent Senate confirmation of Berwick by appointing him the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service during the July 4th recess.

Republicans struck back by blocking an effort to schedule a vote on two of Obama’s judicial picks: North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Jim Wynn and North Carolina Superior Court Judge Albert Diaz. Obama tapped both for the Fourth Circuit.

Berwick's recess appointment magically transformed him into the most influential man in the health care industry, wielding the power to set prices and regulate every aspect of health care delivery.

Berwick's appointment was historic for a couple of reasons. For the first time in memory, a President bypassed the Senate confirmation process without so much as a hearing. And Berwick is the only Medicare head to praise England's National Health Service, which provides measurably inferior care compared to the U.S. and, as a bonus, is bankrupting the Exchequer.

Berwick has written lovingly of Britain's bankrupt NHS: "I am romantic about the National Health Service; I love it... All I need to do to rediscover the romance is to look at healthcare in my own country [which is governed by] the darkness of private enterprise."

Berwick has repeatedly claimed that the NHS delivers superior care when compared to the U.S. He is a liar. And he is dangerous.

Not only does Britain rely upon America's pharmaceutical innovations, not only does it rely upon America's medical devices, and not only does it piggy-back upon our cutting-edge procedures and treatments -- but it does so far less effectively and with far more waste than nearly any modern health care system.

The infinite series of statistics don't lie. Berwick does, but not the statistics.


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Some people never learn. Unfortunately for us, it's the Democrats, who think more marketing will help people swallow ObamaCare


Hat tip: @EdMorrissey.

2 comments:

broc said...

He'll be out in 4 years, and the Senate will be red by then, so it won't matter in the long run.

For now, McConnell is still a dweeb.

Brooklyn said...

Thanks GOP.

IF we can only get them to block Kagan, who is another disaster.

They face an impossible task, for the folly of the reactionary embrace in the Conservative Arena is alive and well, while they are dehumanized by the massive Democratic Party's Machine.

Sure, the Republicans are not perfect, and one can understand frustrations, but we see this endless FASHION which cynically debases all from the safety of the sideline.

The obvious counter productivity, seems oblivious to many who deem themselves the "IDEAL Conservatives", yet they fail to grasp the basics in Objectivity, Fairness, Honesty, etc., or even a simplistic form of decency or optimism.

How do some actually call themselves a Reagan Conservative, and fail to have any of these qualities?

Even though the 'equating' of the two Parties has long been debunked, but the game is still played.

Sometimes, I just don't know why most of the Republicans bother.