Monday, August 16, 2010

Playing God is in the Details

If this turns out to be true, we can say it -- so it begins (via Althouse):

Just days after the recess appointment of Donald Berwick, the controversial new head of Medicare and Medicaid, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance posted the following grim news: for the first time in history, an FDA-approved anti-cancer therapy may not be covered by Medicare.

To be fair, there's a difference between "may not be covered by Medicare" and "not covered by Medicare." These are the sorts of details that we need to discuss openly. It comes down to the question that advocates of "single payer" healthcare have to answer: what is your recourse if the single payer refuses to pay for your treatment?

1 comment:

W.B. Picklesworth said...

At this point I could go all Allan Grayson and say something like, "Why do liberals want people to die?"