Last June, after President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion stimulus law that included funding for a Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research, thus pre-positioning the federal infrastructure that would be needed to guide federal healthcare rationing decisions under a new national healthcare system, Berwick gave an interview to Biotechnology Healthcare that was brought to light this week in a report by Fred Lucas of CNSNews.com. [...] in a country where the government has taken regulatory and fiscal control of the healthcare system - where the state is subsidizing most people's care - and where government bureaucrats make the decisions about who gets what treatment, this question is not the animating moving force behind the invisible hand of the market.
Obama Names Rationing Czar to Run Medicare Terence P Jeffrey Human Events; May 31, 2010; 66, 20; Docstoc pg. 7 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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