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Rationing hope: FDA’s cancer drug ban preview of the future

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Great Britain’s national health agency late last year reaffirmed its decision to deny the breakthrough drug Avastin to patients with advanced breast cancer. Just days later, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) followed suit, denying treatment — and hope — to the 17,500 American breast cancer patients prescribed Avastin each year.

This is a sign of things to come. Under the new health overhaul law, far too many medical decisions will be made by bureaucrats — not doctors and patients. Read More»

In healthcare issues, don’t repeat the costly mistakes made by states

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said before Congress voted on her massive health overhaul legislation that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

Now that the bill has been signed into law, the American people are finding a lot not to like — from a new federal requirement that every citizen must have expensive government-defined health insurance to a mandate that states dramatically expand access to their Medicaid programs. Read More»