On Tuesday, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended that women should not start routine mammograms until 50, whereas previously it was 40. This is in direct contradiction to recommendations by the ACS, doctors, advocates, and many survivors. Even the Administration is coming out and saying we should ignore the recommendation.
I can’t find a cite now, but an NPR story this morning stated that this could cost the lives of up to 15% of women in their 40s who get breast cancer.
Now, this is a bit problematic for the recent health care reform bill passed in the House. That bill, which establishes an nationwide exchange for health insurance, would use task forces like this one to set the requirements of what needs to be covered by a policy in order to participate in the exchange. It seems to be confirmation of the nightmare scenarios that had been presented by the GOP. Ration health care and people will die who could otherwise have been saved. It also primarily affects a demographic segment that is largely Democratic.
Do you think this task force’s recommendation is going to affect the bill that the Senate passes? The senate is already having a hard time finding enough votes to support the reform with the public option. Is this study going to be the death knell for that?