Throughout his lengthy career Berwick has made a lot of comments and some of them are coming back to haunt him. According to his critics, Berwick is a radical proponent of healthcare rationing, so-called “death panels” and the British system of healthcare.
Don Berwick is a Harvard-educated pediatrician who has spent much of his career as a policy analyst. HealthLeaders Media wrote about him last year: "Berwick's record as a healthcare shepherd is unassailable. Through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement he founded, Berwick and his team cleverly hooked into the healthcare industry's untapped desire to improve with catchy, actionable programs like the 100,000 Lives Campaign. His critics worry that at CMS, what Berwick envisions would be less like feel-good voluntary programs and more toward British-style universal care of which he has spoken fondly."