This should bring it home a little better than my last post berating the New Health Care Law.
The drug Avastin, which has been very popular amongst oncologists the world over, has lost it’s FDA approval. The reason given about 9 months ago was its cost. The reason today has been left purposefully ambiguous. Make no mistake, it is to save money for bureaucrats making medical decisions.
For this reason alone, and we really don’t need another, this law should be repealed at our earliest possible date.
This is a perfect example of the results of attempting to social engineer a commodity. Whether we wish to realize it or not, health care is a commodity. Attempts to pretend it is not will simply result in artificial shortages. I understand the arguments for compassion to fix our health care system, and I agree with that sentiment. The current law will not fix the system. It will only create greater hardships for which to feel even greater need for compassion. The best way to fix the societal problems which cause the tears of the left is to allow the free markets to do what they do best, and that is to work freely of bureaucratic intervention. This is merely the first salvo. Those, “Death Panels,” which resulted in a lot of fun being poked at Sarah Palin are being demonstrated right here with this drug. Now, I am not a doctor, and I don’t know the first thing about this drug, but I do know that actual doctors want to be able to continue prescribing it. That is enough for me.
By the way, how long until they get around to cutting costs on medical procedures? How long until they cut costs by denying treatment for our elderly for being too old to worry about. My parents are in their 70’s. The new law gives power to a bureaucrat to deny treatment if the determination is made that it wouldn’t add an appreciable amount of time and quality of life to them. What is that going to look like? What if my parent’s bureaucrats are cold heartless people, or just in a bad mood that day? We should have read this Law before passing it. There is still time to convince our Congress Critters to reverse this illconceived course.
UPDATE: There have been some folks who have stated that the FDA decision has nothing to do with cost. So here is an article from the Washington Post from August of this year to dispel that myth.
Republished with permission from Finding out whats in it! Part II at Mad Musings of a Conservative.