A federal task force……(let me say that again)…..a FEDERAL task force today made up of 16 “health care experts” decided today that mammograms for those 40 – 50 should not be routine for the early detection of breast cancer.
Does it strike anyone as odd that none of the people on this task force are oncologists? Wouldn’t it be prudent to have maybe someone that knows about breast cancer on a commission that is going to decide what standards health insurance companies will be willing to pay for? Does it worry anyone that the American Cancer Society thinks that this is idiocy? I give you a quote from a Harvard professor who actually is a mammography expert: “Tens of thousands of lives are being saved by mammography screening, and these idiots want to do away with it,” said Daniel B. Kopans, a professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School. He went on to say, “It’s crazy — unethical, really.”
This is what happens when the federal government comes between you and your doctor. This is the beginning of rationing. This is just the beginning. Be watching folks; I would venture to bet that we’re going to see lots of other task forces of so-called “experts” who will come to the conclusion that this or that medical test really isn’t all that necessary.
Ask anyone of millions of women who are alive today because their cancer was caught at an early stage because of mammography what they think. Ask them if they think it’s a necessity.
Now go directly to your phone or your email and tell your Senators what you think about the government having ANY involvement in your health care decisions.