The Denial of Care Act

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  • 05/14/2007
Here we go again. Just got this via e-mail:

"Washington, D.C.-- U.S. Representatives Tom Allen (D-ME) and Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) will hold a PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW (Tuesday, May 15th) at 11:15 a.m. at Cannon Terrace venue to announce the introduction of H.R. 2184, The Advanced Health Care Value for All Act of 2007.

This bipartisan legislation would authorize the investment of $3 billion in new research and syntheses of existing research by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) within the Department of Health and Human Services on the comparative effectiveness of health care services (including prescription drugs, medical devices, procedures, and other treatments) to inform health care providers' decisions.

Joining Representatives Allen and Emerson will be representatives from organizations which support the bill, including AARP, AcademyHealth, Aetna, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Consumers Union, National Business Group on Health and United Health Group."

Folks, don't let the rhetoric fool you. This is legislation should really be named the Denial of Care Act -- because that is precisely what it will do and precisely what it is currently doing across Europe.

What about funding a study on the comparative effectiveness of insurance plans? Wonder how the AARP and AHIP would respond to that?

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