ALG Blasts Obama Recess Appointment of Berwick to Medicare and Medicaid Administrator

July 7th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today condemned Barack Obama’s recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who Wilson said would be “ObamaCare’s rationer-in-chief”.

“Now that Obama is struggling to find a way to add 30 million people to the government health care rolls amid a worsening budget picture, he has appointed without any vote in the Senate a man who believes that health care rationing is inevitable,” Wilson said.

Wilson cited a 2009 interview Berwick gave when he said: “The decision is not whether or not we will ration care — the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.”

“Making matters worse, Berwick believes that health care must be a form of so-called ‘social justice’ and that the redistribution of wealth is imperative to have an ‘equitable’ health system,” Wilson noted, citing Berwick’s previous statement that, “Any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized, and humane must, must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition redistributional.”

“This is pure Marxism,” Wilson declared, “and now it is the official policy of United States to take health care away from one person and given to another as government sees fit.”

Wilson concluded, “Barack Obama is a coward who could only get Berwick into office by skipping the Senate confirmation process, robbing the people’s representatives a voice in this process. Health care rationing and redistribution is now inevitable.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.