« Meet The Candidates- UPDATED WITH MUST-READ QUOTE | Main | Obama: I'll Be Photographed With Hate-Preacher Wright, But Damnit, I Will Not Be Seen In the Company of that Damanble F-22 »
December 03, 2009

Federal Health Panel: Yeah, Never Mind About That Breast Screening Recommendation Thing

After setting off a firestorm of protest, the federal panel that talked down the value of breast cancer screening for women backed off their recommendations.

"The recommendation about breast cancer screening for women 40 to 49 did not say what the task force meant to say. The task force communication was poor," insisted Dr. Diana Petitti with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

The panel also backpedaled by saying it won't recommend against screening.

Petitti said, "We need to immediately figure out how to get that statement off the website."

But Republicans pounced, saying the new "relaxed" guidelines are a glimpse of what new health care legislation will bring to the nation.

"We are willing to accept the higher mortality rate to save money. That's what this report says," stated Republican Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan.

I guess the science isn't settled here. Or more likely, it was settled but the politics got in the way. So much for Obama's promise to get politics out of science.

Here's the thing...the panel may very well be right from a cost/benefit analysis. That leads to the next point...who cares if they are? As I laid out before, we don't have health care rationing in this country, so if people want to spend money on procedures that may or may not be cost effective over the entire population, it's none of the government's business. If that 'wasted' money buys people peace of mind, then it's not really wasted. They have every right to spend their money and benefits and they want.

Either way, it's none of the government's damn business.

Of course, it will be the government's damn business if the current re-form efforts pass. Decisions like this will become binding under the law. Will that lead to denial of care? Sometimes. Unless you have a powerful political lobby. You know like women.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski has offered an amendment to the Senate health bill that mandates...

… coverage shall, at a minimum provide coverage for and shall not impose any cost sharing requirements for—

… ‘‘(4) with respect to women, such additional preventive care and screenings not described in paragraph (1) as provided for in comprehensive guidelines supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration for purposes of this paragraph.’’

As former Bush economic adviser Keith Hennessey points out at the link, this is a government mandate that puts government bureaucrats in charge of what is covered and eliminates any consumer choice.

So you see the cross purposes here. A federal panel wants to cut costs and care, while another part of government is going to react to political pressures and provide strong support for favored groups.

I don't know what the right balance is here but neither does this federal health panel or Sen. Mikulski. Free people, exercising their best judgement will find the right equilibrium between costs and benefits. Right now the disconnect between the benefits received by individuals and the costs paid is too great. Any re-form effort that puts more variables and distortions between people and their own care will only cause more problems.

Congress is taking the Charlie Gibson approach to this issue, "Free markets? Never heard of them".


digg this
posted by DrewM. at 11:39 AM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
Bertram Cabot, Jr.: " [i]So this means goodbye any chance of OCare rep ..."

In Vino Veritits: "277 Negative vibes attract demons. And release ..."

Anon Y. Mous: ">>>What Moore, as well as his wife, lawyer, and cl ..."

lousagirl: "1504 Hikaru yes sadly it really is ..."

redbanzai: "I said border security first. You've ignored that ..."

westminsterdogshow........GNAMM ette: "Hat? Seriously you call 306 to 237 close? Dude? ..."

Reality Man: "Reading this high school nonsense... I mean these ..."

Infidel: "Hillary will never be President. ..."

sven10077: "1501 Posted by: davedavdavarf at December 12, 2017 ..."

Froderick Wonkensteen: "Oh, you meant Gary? *************************** ..."

logprof: "Newest BPS video is called "Star Wars: The Last SJ ..."

JeremiadBullfrog: "306 Posted by: Donna&&&&&&&V. at December 12, 20 ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64