CQ HealthBeat reports that more than 40 members of Congress have signed a letter asking Medicare to reverse its tentative decision to end coverage for virtual colonoscopies, or CT colonographies. Last month Medicare announced its decision citing a lack of evidence that virtual colonoscopies result in improved health for Medicare beneficiaries who do not have symptoms of and have average risk for colon cancer.
This is what's going to happen at every step of any serious health care reform discussion we have in the next few years - or ever. Evidence-based decisions will be labeled as creating rationing. Government officials will be accused of practicing cookbook medicine. Critics will ask consumers, "Do you want long lines like they have in the UK and Canada?"
What fun this will be.