Friday, February 18, 2011

Catron: Dr. Berwick and Mr. Hide

David Catron dissects the recent testimony given by Dr. Donald Berwick to the House Ways and Means Committee in his latest AmSpec piece, "Dr. Berwick and Mr. Hide".

In particular, Catron notes:
His disingenuous opening remarks, evasive answers, and transparent contempt for congressional oversight revealed Obama's recess-appointed administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) as a grotesque changeling. Gone were the bold statements about rationing, Britain's socialized medical system, and the perils of the market. The celebrated visionary, Dr. Donald Berwick, has been completely subsumed in the sly apparatchik, Mr. Hide.
(Read the full text of "Dr. Berwick and Mr. Hide".)

Fortunately, in the age of the internet, Americans can look back on Berwick's record and decide for themselves whether he's trying to soft-pedal his earlier views. Berwick can run from his past remarks, but he can't hide. Too many people are now onto him now -- thanks to watchdogs like Catron.