“We need better than phony assertions that he’d ever set up death panels in Medicare, or interfere in personal health care decisions made between patients and their doctors,’’ Kerry said. “Frankly, we need a more honest debate than we had over health reform itself, which didn’t serve anyone well. It’s time to permanently retire these ridiculous accusations from politics and thoughtfully consider our nominees so that first rate experts won’t shy away from public service.’’
That doesn't exactly jive with what Berwick has said previously:
"The more I have studied it, the more I believe that less discretion for doctors would improve patient safety." He then looks down. "Doctors will hate me for saying that."
That sounds to me like he plan to set up a system that comes between doctors and patients. A system that takes "discretion" from your doctor who knows you, knows your history, and place it in the hands of a bureaucratic system.
Not that anybody listens to John Kerry, anway. Just sayin'.