Sarah is right on track. Call it what you want. The outcome is the same.
Dr. Coburn, a physician, is a Republican senator from Oklahoma comments on the dastardly Health Denial Bill up for grabs. From the WSJ.
The Reid bill (in sections 3403 and 2021) explicitly empowers Medicare to deny treatment based on cost. An Independent Medicare Advisory Board created by the bill—composed of permanent, unelected and, therefore, unaccountable members—will greatly expand the rationing practices that already occur in the program. Medicare, for example, has limited cancer patients’ access to Epogen, a costly but vital drug that stimulates red blood cell production. It has limited the use of virtual, and safer, colonoscopies due to cost concerns. And Medicare refuses medical claims at twice the rate of the largest private insurers.
If the bill expands Medicaid eligibility to 133% of the poverty level, that too will lead to rationing. Because Washington bureaucrats have created a system that underpays doctors, 40% of doctors already restrict access to Medicaid patients, and therefore ration care.
The American people are opposing this bill in greater numbers every day because the facts of the bill—not any tactic—are cause for serious concern. A must read.