Orszag/Summers British Fabian Program to Destroy U.S. Health Care Goes Live
April 30, 2009 • 1:02PM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced March 19 the start-up of a Federal Coordinating Council for "Comparative Effectiveness Research." Obama's budget director Peter Orszag and chief economics advisor Lawrence Summers pushed through the Comparative Effectiveness doctrine and federal apparatus, with a $1.1 billion outlay as part of the Stimulus Bill, aimed at enforcing drastic, deadly cutbacks in health care.

The Orszag-Summers strategy for dismantling health care has been crafted in cooperation with the British government and the Fabian Society's Centre for Economic Performance, based at the London School of Economics. In the early 1990s, that Centre's founder, Richard Layard (now Lord Layard), selected Peter Orszag, then a graduate student in England and an employee of the Centre, to go to Russia as Layard's assistant in the looting and terrifying austerity that a British-Wall Street team inflicted on Russia after the collapse of Communism.

Lord Layard and his Fabian Society colleagues have run the strategic policy team for the Blair and Brown governments. Layard is an expert on the takedown of health care, unemployment insurance and other entitlements.

On June 3, 2008, Peter Orszag — then director of the Congressional Budget Office — met in London with the Strategy Unit of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. In a report entitled "Capturing the Opportunity in the Core Fiscal Challenge Facing the United States," Orszag reported to the British strategists how his and Summers' clique of "behavioral economists" would reverse "excess cost growth" in health care for the elderly and the poor.

The Federal Council announced March 19 includes Orszag's deputy Ezekiel Emanuel (brother of Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel) and 14 other experts in medical austerity.

"Comparative Effectiveness" is a cognate with earlier terms such as "evidence-based" and "outcome-based" medical criteria. The government is to make up a list of supposedly cost-effective procedures, and all physicians, public or private, are to be prohibited or blocked from providing treatments not on the list.

A central tenet of this doctrine is that Americans now live too long, and that in the present world economic crisis, vast resources must be transferred out of health care — and into bail-outs for financier swindlers.