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The United States Preventive Services Task Force sparked controversy after giving women in their 40s some words of wisdom: Don’t get an annual mammogram.
And that panel is at the center of controversy again. This time, with a suggestion for men.
Fox has more.
“A key government health panel is now advising that healthy men should no longer receive those PSA blood tests that test for prostate cancer because the test may be more harm than good.”
According to the American Cancer Society--studies have shown no evidence that PSA, or protein-specific-antigen tests, are lifesavers. If anything, they are the exact opposite. The New York Times explains.
“From 1986 through 2005, one million men received surgery, radiation therapy or both who would not have been treated without a P.S.A. test... Among them, at least 5,000 died soon after surgery and 10,000 to 70,000 suffered serious complications. … As a result of these complications, the man who developed the test … has called its widespread use a ‘public health disaster.’”
Health officials say 1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer, a normally slow-growing illness. And aside from death, a survivor could end up impotent and incontinent from testing and treatment. A CNN reporter says it’s those factors that could have the majority of men staying away from the test.
“Prostate cancers are usually really slow growing and they’re not really going to hurt you. So you might find this slow-growing prostate cancer when you go to look for it and then you can make a man impotent and incontinent with the treatment when the cancer was not going to hurt him.”
On the other end of the controversy is the group of people who argue in the end, the PSA tests are worth it.
DR. SAMADI: “PSA has shown that over the last 10-15 years that there is a decrease in deaths and mortality.”
DR. LOWE: “Because PSA isn’t 100% accurate, doesn’t mean we should not do it. I mean it has still made a major impact on people we are testing for cancer that we are detecting at a much earlier stage..one that can be treated successfully.”
Adding to the controversy is the cash. A blogger for the New America Foundation says the task force is more concerned with saving the government money.
And the real problem is that medical personnel are pushing the test too much.
“The marketing departments of many hospitals openly admit that they offer free PSA testing as ... a means of bringing in new (paying) customers. …According to … [the] chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, some physicians have openly complained that any criticism of PSA testing could hurt their wallets by cutting down on the number of patients diagnosed.”
Adding to that, the recommendations have an effect on the government. A Washington Post Health Editor featured on PBS News Hour says...
“Insurance companies look to this panel to decide what they should pay for. In fact, under the health care--the federal health reform legislation that passed this panel has actually become more influential because some of the basic benefits that the federal government will require under the health reform legislation will be influenced by this panels recommendations.”
The panel sought to make it clear that this is just a proposal draft. The recommendations are open for public comment and the final report will be released next week.
Where does the standard for Universal American Healthcare come from? Franklin Roosevelt's Hill-Burton standard. The current "health reform" proposal of President Barack Obama comes no where close to the breakthrough healthcare policy that Roosevelt established in the 1940's, and furthermore, Obama's policy if not defeated will kill more people than the Nazi's did with their "health reform". There are much deeper issues that must be considered in crafting a successful Health Care policy today, issues of mortality, immortality, making decisions based on the future, what is real value versus monetary value and so on. These were the kinds of issues Roosevelt had to confront PERSONALLY, in his near death experience with polio. The discoveries made by Roosevelt in personally overcoming the limitations of his mortality gave him the proper lens through which to situate his identity in the long span of history.
New National Coalition on Benefits Champions National Uniformity
The National Coalition on Benefits (NCB) launched today and announced its commitment to work with Congress to protect employers' ability to provide uniform health and retirement benefits to employees, their dependents and retirees across state and local lines. For employers to continue do this, it is essential to ensure that federal health reform initiatives preserve the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
The Coalition comprises a large range of business associations and companies from diverse industries, all united in their support for ERISA, which provides comprehensive federal regulation of employee benefits. The central element of the ERISA framework is that employers are able to maintain uniform benefit plans. Most Americans receive health insurance coverage from their employers, so a national standard is essential.
Found footage from the week following the passage of Health Reform.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska has compiled research that shows less then promising results for Nebraskans, should current health reform bills make it through Congress and onto the President's desk.
Rep. James Langevin (D-RI) and Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) talk with The Hill about their healthcare bill and their hopes to introduce a healthcare debate before a new President is in office.
Sardonic humor and political message merge in this song parody with a powerful point, from the South Florida branch of activist group, Raging Grannies. Distributed by Tubemogul.
BY MALLORY PERRYMAN
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A federal judge says the government can’t force you to buy health insurance. Judge Henry Hudson heard arguments on both sides of the issue from U.S. attorneys and the Virginia Attorney General.
MSNBC’s Pete Williams sums up Virginia’s argument.
PETE WILLIAMS: “The argument of the state of Virginia was that that’s unconstitutional. That it would be one thing to require people who are already in the health care system, that they had to buy a certain kind of insurance. What the state said is if you aren’t part of that stream of commerce, then Congress can’t reach out and grab you into it and say you have to buy insurance.”
It’s important to point out Judge Henry Hudson’s ruling is not against the entire health reform bill - just Section 1501 - the part that penalizes people for not having insurance. The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein says, the specific nature of Hudson’s ruling really limits the scope of the court’s action.
“Go to the text of the health-care law and run a search for ‘1501.’ It appears exactly twice in the bill…There do not appear to be other sections that make ‘specific reference’ to the provision, even if you could argue that they are ‘directly dependent’ on the provision.”
The Virginia lawsuit is separate from a Florida lawsuit, which 19 other states have joined in to argue the law is unconstitutional. CNN reports, Virginia’s case hinged on the argument of whether the insurance clause is a tax or a penalty.
ELIZABETH COHEN: “Now it’s interesting that the penalty - or tax - depending on which one you want to use, that you would pay if you don’t get insurance is actually cheaper than getting insurance.
ALI VELSHI: “You make a good point. This is actually about what would happen if you didn’t buy insurance. It’s not that you can’t impose the insurance it’s that you can’t impose the penalty for not doing it.”
Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren explains the tax versus penalty language is critical because Virginia argued - Congress has the right to tax, but not to force people into the market.
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN: “The legislators didn’t want to call it a tax because they didn’t want to tell the American people they were raising their taxes. But then the lawyers went into court and they suddenly wanted to call it a tax because if it were a tax then it couldn’t be argued now on the tax clause.”
A blogger for TPM says- Judge Hudson is a George W. Bush appointee- calling the ruling...
“…an example that decades of Republicans packing the federal judiciary with activist judges has finally paid off.”
But a blogger for Insurance & Financial Advisor says- no one in the media seemed to care the two judges who upheld the health care law in previous lawsuits were appointed by Democratic presidents.
“It appears that the ‘mainstream’ media is already setting the stage for arguing that rulings against the law are for political purposes, and not based on law. Regardless, the law IS unconstitutional… in a word, they are ‘wrong.’”
Judge Hudson refused to issue an injunction to stop the legislation from taking effect. It’s pretty much a sure thing that the Supreme Court will make the final call on this one.
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Ford: By excluding single payer plan, Obama allowed the right to dominate the reform debate
In a flip-flop decision, Rep. Dennis Kucinich announced he’ll vote in favor of proposed health care legislation. Will sitting Democrats follow suit?
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Everyone has a right to affordable health care. On this, we all agree. But, after months of committee hearings, backdoor meetings and debate, debate, debate, the long-awaited Senate vote is fast approaching and as poll numbers show, many of us are still asking, “will health reform end up costing us more?"
In fact, according to a Washington Post poll out last Wednesday, few Americans actually believe that government action is needed to control health-care costs and expand coverage to those without insurance. More than half of those polled, 53 percent, see higher costs for themselves as a result of health reform measures, than if the current system remains intact.
And they are right. The Senate bill contains many provisions that could indeed cause sticker shock for most of us.
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