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GOP: Obama’s Medicare Pick Wants Rationing

Thursday, 13 May 2010 09:35 AM

Republicans are knocking the nomination of  Donald Berwick to lead the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid -- calling the Harvard professor an advocate for "rationing" healthcare, according to a report by boston.com.

Berwick, a pediatrician and president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, has been the target of increasingly vocal attacks by Republican lawmakers.

These critics focus on his support of controlling costs and his praise of the United Kingdom’s national health system -- arguing that he would transform U.S. healthcare into a tight system that would chill patient choices and delay treatments.

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas said, "I can see a time when the rural health care system will consist of a Band-Aid and a bedpan. Most of us will agree that he is the wrong man, wrong time, wrong job."

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