Should Doctors Limit Medical Care To Save Money For ‘Society’?

Paul Hsieh, MD writes:

There will always be limits on who will or will not receive expensive medical treatments. We have no choice about that. But we do have a choice of whether those decisions will be made by patients based on their personal and economic priorities — or by government bureaucrats. The first protects the doctor-patient relationship. The second creates divided loyalties for doctors, who will always be serving two masters. As a doctor, I prefer the first. As a patient, you should too.

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Colorado Health Exchange premiums ~ equal to high-risk pool premiums, and you can’t keep your doctor.

Linda Gorman describes how the so-called Affordable Care Act required one Coloradan to leave Colorado’s high-risk pool for a plan on Colorado’s health insurance exchange, Connect for Health Colorado.  The premiums are similar, but the exchange plan’s a narrow physician network did not include her doctor.  Read more: Colorado Health Exchange Premiums Roughly Equal to Those of High Risk Pool | John Goodman’s Health Policy Blog |

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How the FDA promotes skin cancer

Do you use sunscreen or sunblock? The Washington Post explains how the FDA forces you to use inferior products:

The tourists flocking to the French Riviera or Spain’s Costa del Sol this summer will slather on sunscreen containing the latest ingredients for protecting against the sun’s most harmful ultraviolet rays.

But American beachgoers will have to make do with sunscreens that dermatologists and cancer-research groups say are less effective and have changed little over the past decade.

That’s because applications for the newer sunscreen ingredients have languished for years in the bureaucracy of the Food and Drug Administration, which must approve the products before they reach consumers.

“We have a system here that’s completely broken down, and everybody knows that it has broken down,” said Wendy Selig, president of the Melanoma Research Alliance, the largest private funder of melanoma research.

Via Marginal Revolution: Still Burned by the FDA.

It’s FDA policies like the above that validate my view of the agency as one run by paternalistic overlords.

See also: FDAreview.orgCato on the FDA, “Kill the FDA (Before it Kills Again)“, and this video by economist Dan Klein:

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ObamaCare’s Secret Mandate Exemption

From the WSJ:

ObamaCare’s implementers continue to roam the battlefield and shoot their own wounded, and the latest casualty is the core of the Affordable Care Act—the individual mandate. To wit, last week the Administration quietly excused millions of people from the requirement to purchase health insurance or else pay a tax penalty.

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Via the NCPA.

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Is Another Politically Motivated Delay of Obamacare On the Way?

From Reason:

Remember, Obamacare is the law of theland. And there’s absolutely no messing with it. Unless you are the Obama administration, and it’s an election year.

In The Hill, Elise Viebeck reports  on the latest delay anticipated for the health care legislation.

Read more: Is Another Politically Motivated Delay of Obamacare On the Way? – Hit & Run :

See also:

35 Changes to ObamaCare…So Far | Galen Institute.

Related:PPACA’s Corrupting Lawlessness: The new health care law’s proponents have done long-lasting damage to constitutional order. By Christina Sandefur and Timothy Sandefur



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Drug Rationing for Seniors on Medicare?

David Catron in the American Spectator:

Buried beneath the avalanche of recent news reports about the latest Obamacare-mandated funding cuts to the Medicare Advantage (MA) program is a related but far more disturbing story — the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken a major step toward rationing medications to the elderly. Since passage of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, seniors enrolled in the Medicare prescription drug program have been guaranteed access to “all or substantially all” of the drugs in several classes of pharmaceuticals. President Obama’s health care bureaucrats, however, have proposed removing three of these classes from the “protected” list. …

Even some left-leaning media outlets are uncomfortable with the Obama administration’s rationing policy.  …

It’s a little disorienting to find such an objective view in a publication that normally repeats Obama administration talking points verbatim, but there it is. Presumably, this departure from partisanship is an indication of just how far CMS has over-reached this time.

More: Drug Rationing for Seniors Begins | The American Spectator.

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Improvisational government: 35 Changes to ObamaCare…So Far.

From the Galen Institute:

By our count at the Galen Institute, more than 35 significant changes already have been made to ObamaCare: at least 18 that President Obama has made unilaterally, 15 that Congress has passed and the president has signed, and 2 by the Supreme Court. But even this large number of changes hasn’t stopped the cascade of failures we are seeing today in the implementation of the law.

More: 35 Changes to ObamaCare…So Far | Galen Institute.

Via “Of Course He Should Be Impeached,” by David Catron.

Related:PPACA’s Corrupting Lawlessness: The new health care law’s proponents have done long-lasting damage to constitutional order. By Christina Sandefur and Timothy Sandefur

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