Thursday, July 08, 2010

Obama Made a Recess Appointment for a Reason


A President making a recces appointment is not an unusual occurrence, but one that was only announced as a pick two weeks ago and never even scheduled for a hearing denotes a lack of confidence in the choice. Or, in this case, a sly avoidance of being faced with one's own soundbytes...

We talked about Dr. Donald Berwick shortly after Obama's intention to task him with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services was made public. So, we already know of his mushy feelings about the UK's social medicine and his stark approval of medical rationing (Sarah Palin's death panels could very well come to fruition...)

But now, in addition to his love of all that is NOT American...we find that his White House resume/biography has been fluffed:

The White House announcement states, "Dr. Berwick currently serves as President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and is a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health."

Dr. Donald Berwick is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also a pediatrician, adjunct staff in the Department of Medicine at Boston’s Children’s Hospital and a consultant in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital." (WhiteHouse.gov)


But now we learn that many of these titles are honorary (This is a sad commentary in and of itself --they believe the press is so in love with Obama that no one will check the credentials of someone that will head a department with more money than the DoD who has made such lovey-dovey utterings about socialized medicine?!)

"Dr. Berwick hasn't seen a patient in years. And the two Harvard professor positions listed on his White House biography as well as another position as a senior scientist at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston are essentially "honorary professorships," which require two or three seminars or meetings a year, The Washington Times has learned." (source)

...And this man earned $900,000 last year for heading a NON-PROFIT?! I'm suing my guidance counselor.

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