Speaking of which, the biggest fan of the NHS here in America is coming to the end of his recess appointment. Donald Berwick still runs the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), having never even bothered to complete his Senate questionnaire or start a confirmation hearing. His recess appointment will run out in a few days, after Congress recesses for the month of August, unless the Senate stays in session to prevent other recess appointments by Barack Obama. Obama renominated Berwick last year for the position, but 42 Republicans signed a letter in March of this year pledging to block a confirmation, prompting Democrats to give up on Berwick.
However, Obama has not put anyone else forward for this position, which means that the post will go vacant in a few days … unless Obama issues another recess appointment for Berwick. Will Obama keep a man who cheers a system with the “death panels” that the White House insists it doesn’t want? We’ll soon see.The Hot Air article is about the fact that NHS is delaying surgeries for people to get them to pay for it out of their own pocket.
NHS recently announced cataracts, knee and hip replacements and tonsil removals are now considered "cosmetic" by some bureaucrats, and are to be avoided.
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Hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery and removal of tonsils are among a list of ‘non-urgent’ operations being rationed by the cash strapped NHS in a bid to drive down costs by billions.
Two thirds of England’s Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) are now limiting treatments they deem to be of ‘low priority’ in efforts to save over £1million each, an investigation has revealed this week.