On Puerto Rico and Dr. Donald Berwick. No, not together…

A couple of quick things:  the post on Puerto Rican statehood is continuing to get some interesting comments.  Since it’s dropped off the front page now (because we are so prolific!) you might want to hit the link and check it out.  Feel free to keep the discussion going.

Also, I’ve got a lengthy (for me) post at And So it Goes in Shreveport on Obama’s pick for the CMS – the guy who will be over Medicare and Medicaid decisions, among other things.  He’s in love with the British health care system and has some serious concerns about our own, one of which is reflected in this quote:

“The more I have studied it, the more I believe that less discretion for doctors would improve patient safety.” He then looks down. “Doctors will hate me for saying that.”

Crikey!  That scares me. There’s more.

This man, Dr. Donald Berwick, is no ideologue and no Van Jones or Kevin Jennings.  But his plans to revolutionize the health care system in America are definitely worrisome and bear examination.