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    Opening the Door to Health Care Rationing Under Obamacare

    One of the biggest fears Americans have about Obamacare is who will ultimately control health care decisions: the government or patients and their doctors. New research by Heritage health policy analyst Kathryn Nix explains that while the law does not explicitly put those decisions in the hands of the government, … More

    Could Britain's Health Care Rationing Come to the States?

    Advocates of Obamacare often point to Great Britain’s National Health Service as an example of a national health care system that works. But all is not rosy across the pond, as England is beginning to ration treatments for “non-urgent” conditions such as hip replacements, cataract surgery and tonsil removal in order … More

    Morning Bell: The Rationer-in-Chief

    When Linda O’Boyle was diagnosed with bowel cancer, her doctors told her she could boost her chances of survival by adding the drug cetuximab to her regimen. But the rationing body for Britain’s National Health Service, the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), had previously ruled that the … More

    Calling Doctor Berwick: We Have A Mild Case of Rationing

    Dr. Donald Berwick may not be a household name yet, but if he is confirmed as the head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the position for which he was nominated by President Obama, he may soon determine the direction of health care of millions of Americans. So … More

    The Obama Budget Plan: Taxes and Rationing

    Suddenly, the Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders seem to want health-care news stories to fall off of the front page. This week, House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman abruptly cancelled a high-profile hearing he had called just days earlier to berate corporate CEOs who dared to tell their … More

    Beyond the Constitution: The Healthcare Bill Violates the Rule of Law

    Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) has pointed observers to a problematic section of the health care legislation now before the Senate that proposes (in Section 3403) to create an Independent Medicare Advisory Board. He rightly observes that the bill language makes it virtually impossible to repeal that part of the legislation, … More

    Obamacare in the Senate: First Week Amendments

    The Senate began debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R.3590) this week. Senators on both sides of the aisle offered amendments to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s huge, 2074 page health care bill. The first votes to take place concerned preventative services for women. As Senators weigh … More

    Video: How Obamacare Rations Mammograms

    Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) recently hosted Center for American Progress blogger Igor Volsky on their Senate Doctors Show. Volsky challenged Sen. Barrasso to identify where in the Senate Health Bill it empowers the federal government to ration mammograms. And Sen. Barrasso does. Watch: Here is how … More

    Morning Bell: The Obamacare Rationing Threat To Your Mammograms

    Last week, the United States Preventive Services Task Force issued new guidelines recommending that women in their 40s no longer have annual mammograms and that women ages 50 to 74 have them only every other year, instead of annually. The recommendations were highly controversial, and by week’s end most health … More

    Advisory Health Panels Good, Obama's Super MedPac Bad

    The Washington Post reports: Women in their 40s should stop routinely having annual mammograms and older women should cut back to one scheduled exam every other year, an influential federal task force has concluded, challenging the use of one of the most common medical tests. … “We’re not saying women … More