Kitzhaber’s friend Don Berwick steps down

by NW Spotlight

Yesterday was Dr. Don Berwick’s last day as the top administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Boston Globe reported that “Berwick was a controversial figure among Republicans mainly because of his praise for Britain’s single-payer system, which raised the specter among the GOP of socialized medicine as the Obama administration began rolling out federal health care legislation.”

President Obama side-stepped Senate approval using a recess appointment back in July 2010, earning the controversial Dr. Berwick the nickname “Obama’s health care czar”.

Berwick has been an evangelist for redistribution of wealth as the basis for “excellent healthcare”. He made these comments on the 60th anniversary of Britain’s National Health Service: “…any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized, and humane must – must – redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and less fortunate. Excellent healthcare is by definition redistribution.” (click here for transcript)

Don Berwick is a colleague and friend of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. Governor Kitzhaber speaks of his admiration for “The Triple Aim“, developed by Dr. Don Berwick.

Berwick will be replaced by Marilyn Tavenner, who is going through the normal Senate confirmation process.

  • Anonymous

    Big surprise…Kitzslobber’s good buddy is a socialist.

  • Bob Clark

    Boy, Kitzhaber is playing out as expected, namely, same-o-same-o.  Oregon’s private sector economy continues to languish, even going backwards in someways.  If this weren’t enough, Kitzhaber thinks the solution to public education is to centralize it under his heavy hand.  Some suggest Kitzhaber won’t seek re-relection.  I fear he will.

  • guest

    As folks might recall (please try) a jaundiced “Doctor No” – now, a “Doctor D’oh” revealing an awful truth staging michael moore signs of DEMentia.


  • Ladywriter

    Anyone who praises Britain’s health care is a complete fool!

    • Ardbeg

      Why so Ladywriter?  Britain is ranked 18th and the US is 37th.  It’s been in place and working for over 60 years and the British Medical Association (who initially fought the change) is now it’s biggest supporter.  Britain also has a strong private sector insurance option for those who can afford it and want to opt of the National Health Service (NHS).  What exactly is your complaint with their system?