One of Obama’s big promises was that in Obamacare there would be more preventative healthcare and screenings for all. Among the promises that so many naïve Americans believed was that everyone will be covered, families will save $2,500 per year, you can keep your insurance and you can keep your doctor.
Opponents warned that in order to pay for this massive government takeover of the healthcare system that care would have to be rationed. The world is full of examples of failed socialized healthcare systems and rationing is a big component in all of them.
We are seeing the beginnings of rationing already. Obamacare is making sweeping changes in its breast cancer screening guidelines. A task force, which did not include a breast cancer specialist, has recommended these guidelines:
- Routine screening of average-risk women should begin at age 50, instead of age 40.
- Routine screening should end at age 74.
- Women should get screening mammograms every two years instead of every year.
- Breast self-exams have little value, based on findings from several large studies.
But the new recommendations may leave some women confused, since the American Cancer Society continues to recommend annual mammography screening for all healthy women beginning at age 40.
Women who want to follow guidelines developed by actual research and by physicians who deal with the disease every day rather than guidelines from bureaucrats who want to ration care. Sadly under Obamacare many of these screenings will inevitably not be covered.
In a joint statement the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging say the new guidelines could cost women’s lives. Calling the guidelines a “cost-cutting” measure, the ACR states that “two decades of decline in breast cancer mortality could be reversed and countless American women may die needlessly from breast cancer each year.”
Ironically the groups that always support Democrats are taking a big hit with Obamacare. The unions are seething over the broken promises and hidden surprises of the massive program. Women who have embraced the lifesaving mammogram screenings now find new guidelines that severely reduce the frequency of screenings. Many also discovered that they really couldn’t keep their insurance as promised by Obama. Furthermore they discovered that Obamacare will increase health spending by $7,450 for a typical family of four rather than save them $2,500 per year as promised by Obama.
As more and more of this monstrosity is unveiled to Americans they will realize that what they got was far from what was promised.