Berwick’s rationing claims are nothing new in Washington

Clinton noted that C. Everett Koop, the surgeon general under the Reagan White House, had said “that an uninsured person who enters a hospital with the same problem as an insured person is three times more likely to die than the insured person.”

“So right now,” Clinton said, “because of our non-system of healthcare, we are rationing care all the time, every single day.”

This won’t do anything to appease the Republicans critical of Berwick’s comments. But it’s worth noting that this debate has endured for decades.