Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Specially reserved language

Who's up for some more Dr. Donald Berwick quotes (the man who will be running Medicare and Medicaid)?

Here's Berwick on British socialized medicine:

"I am romantic about National Health Service. I love it (because it is) 'generous, hopeful, confident, joyous and just.'"

The only adjective you should be using in favorable terms to describe a bureaucracy is "coldly efficient". However, you know you are in for interesting times when a high level appointee eschews this guideline to the point that you feel he's springing a wee bit o' wood.

And here's Berwick on the Brits' NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence):
"It acts as a comparative-effectiveness tool for the National Health Care Service, comparing various treatments and determining whether the benefits the patients receives - SUCH AS PROLONGED LIFE - are cost-efficient for the government" (lifenews.com, May 27).

(emphasis, ours)

Now, what is it you suppose that this NICE does, in effect? In case you are having some difficulties in figuring it out, let's let the good doctor, himself, explain:

"It's not a question of whether we will ration health care. It is whether we will ration with our eyes open."

We're not quite sure what that eyes open thing is all about but what we think Berwick is stating about ObamaCare is that there will be rationing. Just a thought.

Again, all the protestations from the Obamabots railing against the usage of terms like "rationing" and "death panels" aside, one only need to look at the language of those who will be administering it to see they are saying the same thing in both explicit and implicit terms.

1 comment:

Harrison said...

Death is coming and it'll be paid for by the government.