The PJ Tatler

Democrats giving up on health care rationer in chief?

Not the main one, just the one that the main rationer nominated during a congressional recess:

Senate Democrats have given up on confirming Don Berwick as CMS administrator in the wake of a letter from 42 Republican senators opposing the nomination, sources tell POLITICO.

Citing the GOP letter, a person familiar with the situation said Senate Democrats and the White House “can do the arithmetic” and now see that there’s no way for Berwick to get the 60 votes needed to clear the Senate.

Berwick has strongly praised the British National Health Service, which is true socialized medicine and which rations health care to manage costs.

During a 2008 speech to British physicians, Berwick said “I am romantic about the National Health Service. I love it,” and calling it “generous, hopeful, confident, joyous, and just.”