You’re probably thinking, “Jason, hasn’t this entire Barack presidency been a nightmare thus far?” True that. But the ghoulishness doesn’t stop with the intrusive blocks of legislation that have already passed. We got a lot more opacity and conniving to look forward to.
You see, with all the attention being given to the Democrats’ attempt to treat the lame-duck session as Barney Frank’s stocking-stuffer of left-wing gifts galore, scant notice is paid to the implementation of ObamaCare. Since the law’s passage, there are hordes of Washington bureaucrats scrambling to write rules and regulations pertaining to the health-care overhaul. The reason we need a stable of bureaucrats in the first place is that, as the New York Times put it, “The laws [in ObamaCare] were so broad and complex that executive-branch regulators have wide leeway in determining what the rules should say and how they should be carried out.”
To recap, that’s unelected officials who now have the discretion of writing the guidelines on how you get treated.
And guess which unelected officials are leading the implementation discussions? That would be none other than the Grim Reaper and Dr. Death, who otherwise go by the names Donald Berwick and Ezekiel Emanuel.
Berwick, recall, is the Medicare czar who was given a recess appointment because his calling Britain’s socialized health-care system a “seductress,” while also writing that the government should ration the “number of centers engaging” in “cardiac surgery” “neonatal intensive care” and “cancer care” were even too toxic for Democrats.
Berwick leads the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an agency with an annual budget bigger than the Pentagon’s, and yet refuses to grant interviews or take questions from reporters. In fact, he ran away from our cameras back in September and even ordered hotel security to shield him from reporters who tried asking him questions after a speech he gave to the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
So there is the Grim Reaper.
But then there’s Dr. Death, Ezekiel Emanuel — Rahm’s brother and an ad hoc adviser to President Obama on all things health care. Last week, Zeke and Berwick led a meeting at the White House with lobbyists of health-care organizations to begin a discussion on the execution of ObamaCare. The invitation noted, “Thank you for your continued engagement as we take on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. We are kicking off a series of White House meetings between senior administration officials and health care providers to exchange ideas on areas in need of attention. We invite you (or a representative) and your organization to join us.”
Surely, a meeting of this magnitude would be open to the press, right? Heck, Obama did promise “an unmatched level of transparency, participation, and accountability across the entire administration.”
That was then, and this is now, where the details of ObamaCare’s strcure are open to a handful of selected lobbyists only — not reporters and not C-SPAN cameras, as the hackneyed pledge went.
Zeke Emanuel, by the way, is also a rationing evangelist. He is famous for crafting a “complete lives” system that determines the “appropriate” portion of treatment a person gets depending on their age.
He penned an article in the journal Lancet promoting his medical philosophy.
According to Dr. Death, “Individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most substantial chance [of receiving care], whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated.”
There you have it, folks: Donald Berwick and Zeke Emanuel — the grinches who want to kill grandma! And that’s not even being hyperbolic. Zeke created a freaking “model” to allocate care and Berwick thinks we have too many cancer treatment centers, and they are both Obama’s point men on how best to put the new health-care regulations into practice.
Good grief! The ObamaCare Nightmare Before Christmas indeed!
Per the left’s modus operandi, liberal lawmakers are making important decisions behind closed doors that greatly affect us. It’s being done in secret, and Mr. Obama and his rag-tag team of radicals don’t care. They know what’s best for your life. They always know what’s best for your life.
Stay tuned. There are more of these sly meetings being organized once we enter New Year.