Health Care BSCleaning the Augean Stables of the Health Care DebateSkip to content Home About Catron Op-Ed PiecesVIDEO: OBAMA’S CMS NOMINEE SAYS HEALTH SYSTEMS “MUST REDISTRIBUTE WEALTH”Donald Berwick is a true radical. In this video, he sings the praises of Britain’s NHS, which has created a third-world health care system in which rationing and patient neglect are commonplace. That system also used confidential patient medical records to create mailing lists for the Labour Party during the recent parliamentary election. And Obama wants an unashamed admirer of that crumbling and corrupt system to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid? I see rationing in your future:
Recently, Somerset Place, a North Side Chicago nursing home, was the target of a special audit and probe conducted by investigators from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Reports of problems that were published in the Chicago Tribune and complaints by a local lawmaker are what led to the investigation.
Somerset Place is an assisted living facility that specializes in adults who are mentally ill. The facility has received a number of citations and been the target of investigations that took place between April 2008 and July 2009. During these investigations conducted by Chicago police, 15 alleged assault and battery incidents took place, along with 5 cases of criminal sexual assault and 5 reports of narcotics possession.
Both the House and Senatehealth-care reform bills call for a large increase in Medicaid—about 18 million more people will begin enrolling in Medicaid under the House bill starting in 2013, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Actuary Richard Foster estimates.
A flood of new patients will be seeking health services, many of whom have never seen a doctor on more than a sporadic basis. Some will also have multiple and costly chronic conditions. And almost all of them will come from poor or disadvantaged backgrounds.