Former recess appointed Rationer-in-Chief, left the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on December 2, 2011. It was clear that he would never be confirmed by Congress, so I guess he got out while the getting was good.
To quote Wikipedia: “Berwick’s critics have cited his statements about the need for health care to redistribute resources from the rich to the poor and his favorable statements about the British health service (NICE).” They quote Berwick as saying: “The decision is not whether or not we will ration care – the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.” Ironic that Dr. Berwick talks about our eyes being open, while the eyes of seniors and others who will not get needed treatments under Obamacare, will be closed – Permanently!
But have no fear. Berwick will be picking up right where he left off. His new position is at John Podesta’s George Soros backed Center for American Progress. And he’ll be right alongside Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel and former Senate Majority Leader, Tom Daschle (D SD) and author of Critical.