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December 7, 2009

Both the House and Senate versions of Obamacare create detailed new federal regulations that micromanage all health insurance decisions, say the Heritage Foundation.


  • Section 2713 of the Senate Health Bill would give the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force the force of law by requiring all health insurance plans to provide coverage (with no patient co-pays) for "items or services that have in effect a rating of "A" or "B" [recommended] in the current recommendations of the United States Preventive Services Task Force."
  • Conversely, under Obamacare, last week's Task Force decision to give annual mammograms a "C" rating (not recommended) will henceforth be viewed by insurers and employers as a justification for discontinuing coverage.
  • This move to give the evidence-based medicine determinations of health experts the force of law is not incidental to Obamacare: this cost control rationing is the very heart of Obamacare's promise to control health care costs.

According to the White House Budget Director Peter Orszag, "an independent Medicare commission … will ensure that reforming the health care system is not a one-time event but an ongoing process that implements the most recent progress in medical science with the goal of improving care and lowering costs."  In other words, when the Obamacare health experts conclude that the "medical science" dictates that your mammograms must be cut to meet "the goal of … lowering costs," then you'll be out of luck, says Heritage.

Obamacare is guaranteed to politicize every single medical decision between you and your doctor, says Heritage.  When the government becomes responsible for providing everyone's health care, everyone's health care becomes everyone else's problem.  

Source: Conn Carroll, "Morning Bell: The Obamacare Rationing Threat To Your Mammograms," Heritage Foundation, November 24, 2009.

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