Remember when Obama miffed that his delicate sensibilities were bruised by the outcry against the perceived Obamacare “death panels?” By people who’d actually read the bill or understood the ramification of government intrusion into personal health decisions? Regarding Britian’s existing NHS:
When government controls all the resources and makes all the decisions, the “death pathway” is an entirely predictable result. Patients and their families no longer control the decisions made in health care, because they no longer control the compensation. Even if the “death pathway” doesn’t appear in the ObamaCare bill, the nationalization of heath care sets the stage for the kind of “comparative effectiveness” decisions that lead to its implementation.
The FDA has voted 12-1 to rescind its endorsement of Avastin, the world’s best selling cancer drug. Also a the drug of choice for colon cancer, it was approved for treatment of women with breast cancer that has spread in 2008.
The Avastin recommendation led to revived allegations that President Barack Obama’s overhaul of the US health care system would mean many would be denied treatments currently available.
During the debate, those opposed to the reforms cited Britain’s National Institute for Clinical Excellence, which decides whether new treatments should be made available on the NHS on the basis of cost effectiveness, as an example of the sort of drug rationing that amounted to a “death panel”.
David Vitter, the Republican Senator for Louisiana, said the FDA decision amounted to rationing health care.
“I shudder at the thought of a government panel assigning a value to a day of a person’s life,” he said. “It is sickening to think that care would be withheld from a patient simply because their life is not deemed valuable enough.
“I fear this is the beginning of a slippery slope leading to more and more rationing under the government takeover of health care that is being forced on the American people.”
By the way,
Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death among US women, with 40,000 last year.
Ace gives it a flaming skull.
This is criminal. To avoid a difficult political debate — and the honest confession that “bending the curve” of Medicare costs to free up money for ObamaCare is going to require a lesser standard of treatment — the FDA is killing a safe and effective drug and thereby outlawing for anyone, including those who can be helped by this drug and no other, and who are paying for the drug with their own private insurance or own out-of-pocket money.
In other words: He is doing exactly what he vowed he would not. He is “equalizing” health access not by bringing up care for those who have little, but by reducing care by full might of federal legal power for those who have “too much.”
Moe Lane quantifies the decision in lives not saved, but lost.