According to Boston Herald columnists Holly Robichaud and Joe Battenfeld in recent interviews on WRKO, Massachusetts candidate for governor Donald Berwick may very well upset Attorney General Martha Coakley and state Treasurer Steve Grossman (D-AIPAC) for the Democrat nomination fro governor in this September’s primary. Berwick was an Obama Medicare flunky whose campaign promotes medical “single payer” for Massachusetts victims, and who loves the British National Health Service. As Nat Hentoff writes, in a 2009 interview Berwick declared, “It’s not a question of whether we will ration health care. It is whether we will ration with our eyes open.” Yech.
Most readers already know about the intrusions, the economic destruction, and the tearing apart of the medical system that ObamaCare has caused. Even some progressives have admitted that ObamaCare is lousy. So I don’t understand why voters in Massachusetts would want to entrust politicians even further and more comprehensively with their private medical matters.
But even in Massachusetts, doesn’t Berwick know about the real failures of RomneyCare? Health care costs in Massachusetts went up, not down, and emergency room exploitation also escalated. And RomneyCare also adversely affected some hospitals’ care for the poor, it killed some 18,000 Massachusetts jobs, and ultimately the state’s Rulers imposed health care price controls. (Of course, the free-market way is the answer to the problems in health care, obviously.)
And given that Berwick is an actual doctor — an “MD” — I wonder what his opinion might be of the irresponsible behaviors of Boston Children’s Hospital doctors against Justina Pelletier? Does he think it was okay for them to suddenly remove her from her treatment and medications and unjustifiably place her in psychiatric facilities? And, speaking of the rise of fascism in Massachusetts, have any of the local media stenographers asked him (or any of the candidates) about last year’s Watertown police siege, or Gov. Patrick threatening motorists with jail if they drove during the Blizzard of 2013?
However, I predict that the majority of voters in Massachusetts, with their health and their paychecks victimized by ObamaCare’s disastrous results, will perceive Donald Berwick as an ObamaCare-RomneyCare promoter and will probably elect the lefty socialist Republican Charlie Half-Baker, whose own Medicare savings plan in the early ’90s was used as a model for RomneyCare. Heads I win, tails you lose, etc., etc., etc.11:09 am on June 24, 2014