Republican Senators are opposing the nomination of Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid on the ground that he is in favor of rationing care. Does anybody believe care isn't being rationed today? When an insurance company decides to let one patient have a certain treatment and not another, isn't that rationing? So my patient with occipital neuralgia who can't get approved for an occipital nerve stimulator, the 38 year old who couldn't get a heart transplant (who finally got approved), the patients who can't get the gastric electrical stimulator, patients who call every day about a medication they can't get -- is that not rationing? I'd rather have a man with a heart and an inspiring sense of right and wrong in charge than a nameless, faceless insurance bureaucrat. Dr. Berwick stands for a lot more than rationing. His Institute for Healthcare Improvement is a trailblazer.
This is about the Republicans hating health reform, not about Dr. Berwick. But since it's his confirmation hearing, it should be about him. Let's focus on the great things he has done and will do for healthcare in America. Jennifer