Government-run health care programs begin banning mammograms

From Reuters:

CHICAGO - Some U.S. states have begun using controversial new breast cancer screening guidelines to stop offering routine mammograms for uninsured women in their 40s, a survey by the Avon Foundation for Women released on Monday found.

The Avon survey of more than 150 breast cancer health educators and providers from 48 states and Washington, D.C. found a quarter of the states have either cut or eliminated screening mammography and other early detection services for women under 50.

The survey renewed concerns that the guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which raised the recommended age for women to start getting screened for breast cancer to 50, might be used to deny health coverage for women...

...The programs, funded by both state and federal dollars, offer low-income, uninsured, and underserved women access to breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services.

Democrats claim the mammogram bans are standard procedure in Canada and Europe.

But what they intentionally neglect to say is women there die from breast cancer at rates much higher than in the United States.

Because of early detection, only 20 percent of American women diagnosed with breast cancer die from the disease. But because of rationing like that now seen in America's government-run health care systems, the death rate in France and Germany is 33 percent and a whopping 50 percent in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Since socialized medicine cannot function without rationing and denying care to the elderly or those with chronic illnesses, patients are denied care and even advised to commit suicide (as Oregon's government-run system suggested to patients via a form letter) when government accountants find they are a net financial loss.

Under Obama's proposal, women would be refused cancer screenings until it is too late to save their lives because, as Margaret Thatcher put it, you eventually run out of other people's money. And under the Obama proposal there are no alternatives, as it is designed to eliminate all competing private health care alternatives.

Barack Obama told Americans he wouldn't enact the recommendation of a government health care board to deny cancer screening to women. He didn't need to. He knows the government bureaucrats that operate the current government-run systems, and would operate his European-style socialized system, will have no choice but to enact it themselves.

Government rationing of life-saving care is already common practice for many Americans, and Barack Obama wants to impose it on all women. His health care proposal is nothing more than a stimulus package for the funeral home industry.

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