So the government’s come out with new guidelines for mammography. Rather than getting them every year beginning when a woman turns 40, they now say that these are unnecessary and result in too many tests and cost too much money, so we’ll just let women wait until they’re 50 to get going on that. Now, usually, such government studies don’t mean a damn thing because no one in the medical community really cares what the government says; they’ve done their own research, their own studies, and they know that mammography results in early detection and treatment and that it saves lives . . . in the 40-50 year range. Indeed, the government’s own study says this, but the recommendation is still that women not receive them until age 50.
And the health insurance industry goes with the medical community for the most part, so we’d normally shrug, say, yeah, there goes that wacky government saying that the mamographies save lives of women between 40 and 50 and somehow concluding that mammographies are not necessary or “recommended” for women between 40 and 50. Have you ever, we’d say, and we’d roll our eyes, recall the time the government told us that milk causes cancer or that water makes you fat, and sip our coffee with amused skepticism at this further evidence that the government is inept and incompetent. Wonder which lobby is behind this one?, we’d giggle. And we’d go about our day, scheduling our annual mammography for the week before our 44th birthday.
With nationalized, government-run healthcare hanging threateningly over our heads, however, such indulgent partial-interest in these government studies is dangerous. Life threatening. If the government runs healthcare, guess who decides what is covered and what is not? And guess what those decisions are based on. Not common sense, not what the medical community says, and certainly not on what you want for yourself. They are based on government studies just like these. Studies that say that mammograms for women in their 40s save lives but conclude bizarrely that these women shouldn’t get them. And there is no recourse.
Our conversations tomorrow about these government studies will be very very different. When we read about those, we’ll just cower and cringe and accept that we have to accept that as the new law of the land. No one will be able to counter it, no one will be able to shrug and giggle and mock the absurdity of it all. Because there will be nowhere to turn. We’ll talk about how we can get the care we need, if that’s possible, which country can we go to (we’ll google Canada and Great Britain and try to figure out where their citizens go now that America can’t help them when their own government-run healthcare systems fall short), we’ll wonder how many of us will die because early detection is now solely in our own hands (and literally, I’m guessing they can’t stop self exams). We’ll wonder what this means for us if we do find a lump and aren’t yet 50. And we’ll call our government doctor, and we’ll be put on a waiting list, and hopefully, if we’re still alive, we’ll go to our appointment in a year or so. And we’ll find that our breast cancer has metastasized. But, gee, it’s okay, the government just saved a bundle not only in early detection but in treatments that would have saved our lives. Now, of course, we’re past curing, so there’ll be no government-approved treatments to prolong our silly little, meaningless lives. Take a pain pill.
Anyone who doesn’t personally, for themselves and their family, want to enroll in the government-run “option” better get off their couch because the plan is to move to single-payer, government-run healthcare, and in the meantime, this bill, which people seem to forget is LAW, will dictate what private insurance can offer, at what price, and for how long. This isn’t alarmism, this isn’t extremism, it’s fact. It’s what BO has said he wants, and what the House bill is designed to provide a path for (and if this bill gets through the Senate and back on the floor, it’s the House bill we’ll get, complete with public funding for abortion and coverage of illegal aliens. And as an added bonus, the taxes, fines, and penalties on you and your employer will ensure that your ONLY option is the government option. It’s in HR 3200, and that’s the one Pelosi and Reid want and will get).
If you believe this administration when it says you can keep your own plan, then I suppose that you believe all those “saved or created” jobs in invented districts, in districts that didn’t even receive stimulus money, and in universities that don’t even employ the number of people whose jobs were supposedly “saved or created.” And if you believe that, you’ll believe anything (my favorite so far is a tweet @ConNews: WH report shows 68,136 jobs “saved or created” in Narnia, Neverland & Oz). Sure, you’ll even believe that women in their 40s don’t need the mammograms that the very agency reporting this acknowledges save lives.