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Senate Republicans Cry Over Donald Berwick

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Per Politico this morning, Senate Republicans are planning to obstruct the nomination of Donald Berwick to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services over Berwick’s previous statements in favor of Britain’s National Health Service (NHS).

“He is, as far as I am concerned, bad news,” said Texas Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “If he wants to turn America into the National Health Service in England — he thinks that is the model — he is going to find a lot of pushback.”

But what exactly are they opposing him for? What policies does he intend to pursue that the Republican caucus can’t support? The Politico article never makes it clear what Senate Republicans are actually against, beyond the amorphous bogeyman of the NHS. Berwick is clear, however, what he supports: “universal coverage, ‘centralized stewardship’ and guaranteed care regardless of income.” All of these things are goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. I can’t tell whether the Politico article is not accurately representing Senate Republicans or whether Senate Republicans are simply making up excuses to obstruct. My guess is the latter.

Eric Cantor Thinks There’s Something “Askew”

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“The American public understands something must be askew if every single Republican votes against something.”

— Minority Whip Eric Cantor, when asked by reporters why Republicans have said “no” to nearly everything the Democrats have proposed.

Yes, Rep. Cantor, there’s definitely something askew, but not what you’re thinking.

Written by Will

April 11th, 2009 at 6:23 am

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Culturally Constructed Ignorance

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I am really getting tired of all the obstructionism on Capitol Hill as related to the stimulus bill, et al. Why are there so many agnotological politicians? Don’t they have anything better to do, like run the country? Oh, and the media isn’t helping.

Written by Will

February 4th, 2009 at 2:37 am