I guess Dr. Berwick won't have to worry about his health care. Byron York reports
As it turns out, Berwick himself does not have to deal with the anxieties created by limited access to care and the extent of coverage. In a special benefit conferred on him by the board of directors of the Institute for Health Care Improvement, a nonprofit health care charitable organization he created and which he served as chief executive officer, Berwick and his wife will have health coverage "from retirement until death."
The provision is deep inside a 2009 audit report on the nonprofit's finances. On page 17 of that document, there is a paragraph headlined "Post Retirement Health Benefits":
During fiscal year 2003, the Institute created a postretirement health benefit plan for its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). It provides the CEO and his spouse medical insurance from retirement until death. The present value of the estimated cost of this benefit is approximately $120,000, which is being accrued over the CEO's estimated remaining service period. The amount expensed by the Institute for the years ended 2009 and 2008 related to this liability was approximately $12,000 and $17,000, respectively. At 2009 and 2008, approximately $84,000 and $72,000, respectively, was included in accounts payable and accrued expenses.
He calls nationalized health care in Britain a "jewel" and advocates that we in America ration our health care (so as to equalize access and redistribute) wealth, but carved out a huge exception for himself and his family. In one speech, he advocated we ration health care with our "eyes open" but when it comes to disclosures about his own health care, he wants us to close our eyes. The information is buried in documents of his charity. Where is that transparency that Obama touted?Where is the mainstream media on this story?