The Obama White House policy experts are all for health care cost-controls. They just don’t want to have to defend themselves in any public forum under oath — especially when the people in charge of allocating scarce resources have openly championed government-run health care as a wealth redistribution Trojan Horse overseas.
In his usual mode of circumvention, President Obama is bypassing the Senate and has recess-appointed Dr. Don (“health care is a human right/excellent health care is by definition, redistributional“) Berwick to head the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Fox News reported on the gambit late Tuesday night:
President Obama intends to bypass Congress and appoint Dr. Donald Berwick to head Medicare and Medicaid, the White House announced Tuesday — filling the job while Congress is in recess to get around Republican opposition that threatened to derail Berwick’s confirmation.
Berwick’s supporters say he is the right man in the right place at the right time. But his opponents have lined up against him. They say that while he may be a the highly respected doctor, he is also an outspoken proponent of the British health care system, which they say is all wrong for Americans.
“This recess appointment is an insult to the American people,” Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said Tuesday night. “Dr. Berwick is a self-professed supporter of rationing health care, and he won’t even have to explain his views to the American people in a Congressional hearing.”
…By appointing Berwick now, while Congress is out of session for the July 4 holiday break, Berwick can assume the post of administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services without undergoing confirmation hearings in the Senate. Democrats want to avoid a nasty confirmation fight that could reopen the health care debate. Berwick was nominated in April but no confirmation hearing had been scheduled.
Behold the cowardice of convictionlessness.
More on the recess appointment here.