Obama Names Medicaid Chief Who Backs Anti-Israel Doctors

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donald-berwickRepublicans, and some Democrats, are in an uproar over President Barack Obama’s naming a Medicare chief who backs socialized medicine-and an anti-Israel physicians’ group. The appointment of Donald Berwick, who is heavily involved in the anti-Israel Physicians for Human Rights organization, was made without going through the usual process of securing confirmation by the Senate. Opposition to his appointment was strengthened after it was discovered that Dr. Berwick said in a speech two years ago that the British system of socialized medicine is superior to the American health system.

Republican senators accused President Obama of bypassing the Senate to hide Berwick’s views, but White House spokesman Robert Gibbs responded, “There are aspects of the health care law that have to be implemented on a timeline that I’m sure many who oppose Dr. Berwick for political reasons didn’t want to see implemented.”

However, even some Democrats are against the appointment of Berwick as the administrator for Medicare, including Senate Finance Committee chairman Sen. Max Baucus of Montana. Senate confirmation “is an essential process prescribed by the Constitution that serves as a check on executive power and protects Montanans and all Americans by ensuring that crucial questions are asked of the nominee — and answered,” he said.

Berwick’s backing of the Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) group dates back to the year 2000, when he donated thousands of dollars to the organization after the outbreak of the Second Intifada, also known as the Oslo War.

Part of PHR’s mission was to conduct “a medical and forensic investigation in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] from October 20-27, 2000 to investigate allegations of excessive use of force, including the use of prohibited ammunition in the current conflict between Israeli forces and Palestinian demonstrators and authorities.”

In its probe of the IDF’s counter terrorist operation in Jenin in 2002, the physicians’ group issued seven reports critical of Israel while totally ignoring the fact that the civilians were asked to leave Jenin and that 11 IDF soldiers were killed in hand to hand combat in a residential area infested by snipers. This heavy price was paid as the IDF refrained from prior bombing so as to avoid civilian casualties. They also made no mention of human rights violations in Iran and Iraq. PHR also gav an award to a Gaza activist who justified bombings of Israelis afterwards.

In 2008, Dr. Berwick joined the board of PHR, joining Richard Goldstone, who later authored the United Nations report accusing Israel of war crimes in the three-week Operation Cast Lead against the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza in the winter of 2008-2009, while barely mentioning the prior nine years of rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.

Read more at Arutz Shevah.

{Arutz Shevah/Matzav.com}

10 COMMENTS

  1. Is anyone surprised? This is the President the “people” elected. Do everything possible to make sure he is a one term president or don’t complaint when he is reelected.

  2. The man does not sound like someone who hates Jews or Israel. He is a sincere student of humanity. An to note – He also publicly and vehemently denounced and criticized the way Rubashking was treated. That should certainly count for something on THIS blatant socialist/communist blog.

  3. How much more proof do we need that Obama is a sneaky antisemite! Reverend Wright was mashpiah on this racist, ain leshayer! Thank you Rahm Emanuel – you self hating Jew!

  4. Does him having these personal views of his detract from his ability to perform his job as ordered? Probably not. Should we have an ideological litmus test to prevent those who have opinions we disagree with from holding a government job? Probably not. Will this man’s appointment mean that Obama himself has become an anti-Israel zealot or wants to transplant the UK style of health care to the U.S.? Probably not. Let’s not use this story as an opportunity for fearmongering.

  5. Obama is a Jew-hater and he is totally anti-Israel. Make sure the November elections bring in anti-Obama people so he cannot do any more damage to this wonderful country.

  6. #3,

    You certainly need healthcare.

    What brance of the SEIU do you belong to?

    “The man does not sound like someone who hates Jews or Israel. ”

    No. He only lambasts Israel to exercise his lungs /not.

    “He also publicly and vehemently denounced and criticized the way Rubashking was treated. That should certainly count for something on THIS blatant socialist/communist blog.”

    You should learn how to spell Rubashkin. The current regime and its czars are the socialists not the pure members of this virtuous blog.

  7. Aaron,

    “Does him having these personal views of his detract from his ability to perform his job as ordered?”

    It makes his sense of judgment and perception of humanity very suspect.

    “Should we have an ideological litmus test to prevent those who have opinions we disagree with from holding a government job?”

    According to you we should hire Nazis. Why should their opinions matter to us?

    “Will this man’s appointment mean that Obama himself has become an anti-Israel zealot or wants to transplant the UK style of health care to the U.S.?”

    This appointment only reinforces multitudinous signs that Obama is anti Israel and wants to transplant single payer medicine on these shores.

    “Let’s not use this story as an opportunity for fearmongering.”

    It’s no fearmongering but a hard and cold look at the truth.

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