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'In the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.'
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Sunday, August 05, 2012

Blind? Or Just Stupid?

I'm surprised we're still reading nonsense like this:

"Obamacare is helping our nation achieve health care that is excellent, accessible to all and affordable. In the 17 months that I led the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), I saw how this law is helping tens of millions of families and is finally putting our health-care system on the right track."

That pile of steaming blarney comes from Donald M. Berwick, who ought to know better.

Skipping over the "excellent" and the "accessible," affordable?

Jennifer Rubin with a wake-up call hammer blow to Donald M. Berwick's thick skull:

"While Democrats are tooting their own horns on winning at the Supreme Court, Obamacare is still a policy loser. This is only one of its many defects: 'Between 2013 and 2022, new entitlement spending will reach $1.7 trillion even though the main entitlement expansions do not launch until 2014. Over a decade of full implementation, the new entitlement spending will approach $2 trillion. Moreover, this spending will increase at a rapid rate each year — 6 percent annually from 2017 through 2022.'”

I go with stupid.

A man who doesn't understand that money coming out of one of his pockets (in the form of taxes) and (part of it) going into the other pocket isn't saving him anything isn't simply blind.

So that Berwick understands, the "spending" to which Rubin refers has to be accounted for somehow.  That's where he comes in.  He will be paying out the nose for that "affordable" health care he loves so much.

Yet he doesn't seem to comprehend.

May God have mercy.