Berwick: Rationing for thee, lifetime coverage for me

Airing the awful truths about healthcare rationing in an election season was more than the Obama administration could bear. So the president lamely, and dishonestly, accused the GOP of obstructionism and appointed Dr. Donald Berwick, the NHS’s #1 fan, during recess, thereby avoiding all that unpleasantness.

Now it turns out there’s another reason or two why the Obami didn’t want Dr. Berwick to undergo scrutiny. Byron York reports that Obama admin did their end run shortly after Sen. Grassley began to grow curious about the finances of Berwick’s own Institute for Health Care Improvement:

Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, has been asking questions about the Institute’s finances. Specifically, Grassley wanted to know more about the millions of dollars in grants and contributions to the organization: where did that money come from? Given the zillions of dollars that changed hands during the debate over Obamacare, it was a reasonable question.

But it was a question the White House did not want to answer. Not long after Grassley inquired about the Institute’s donors, the White House decided to bypass Senate confirmation for Berwick. The president’s recess appointment means that Berwick will not have to answer Grassley’s, or anyone else’s, questions.

And through his own Institute, Berwick has finagled a pretty fabulous perk, though perhaps it’s not the best kind of PR for a man who believes so strongly in redistributing your wealth in the name of social justice. His organization has bestowed upon him healthcare coverage for life:

Now comes word that Berwick enjoys his nonprofit’s generosity in the form of health care coverage for life. That undoubtedly would also have been a topic of questioning had Berwick gone through the normal course of Senate confirmation. But the recess appointment avoided all that.

As it turns out, Berwick himself does not have to deal with the anxieties created by limited access to care and the extent of coverage. In a special benefit conferred on him by the board of directors of the Institute for Health Care Improvement, a nonprofit health care charitable organization he created and which he served as chief executive officer, Berwick and his wife will have health coverage “from retirement until death.”

Nice coverage if you can get it — and no death panels!

Is it just me, or is every last one of these people a consummate, over-the-top, hypocrite?

Cross-posted at P&P.