Saturday, February 26, 2011

Health Care Law - #2676 -And So the Rationing Begins: Obamacare vs. Breast Cancer Patients - Townhall (2) VIDEO: House GOP Policy Chair: It's Up to Obama Whether He Shuts Down Government to Try to Force Republicans to Fund Obamacare - CNS News

Influenced by the president’s mandate to “bend the health care cost curve,” the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to deny late-stage breast cancer patients access to the critical, but expensive, life-extending drug Avastin. The FDA wants to “de-label” the drug, a move that would force patients with insurance or Medicare coverage to pay for the drug out of their own pocket in order to survive. Now patients groups are speaking out. Led by the Susan B. Komen Foundation for a Cure, 15 patient advocacy groups have petitioned the FDA to reverse their effort to ration the drug. In a letter to the FDA, Elizabeth Thompson, the organization’s President, expresses concern over the potential negative impact that the FDA’s decision will have on women who are benefiting from Avastin: "We know that for some number of women, Avastin works and works well. We have heard from women who are gaining not just months, but years with a high quality of life, from this treatment.  Read more...........


House GOP Policy Chair: It's Up to Obama Whether He Shuts Down Government to Try to Force Republicans to Fund Obamacare - CNS News -  Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), the chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, told CNSNews.com he is committed to defunding the health care law, and he said a government shutdown over the law is in the hands of President Barack Obama.CNSNews.com asked Price, “Since the House Republicans’ budget will not include funds for the health care law and the CR [Continuing Resolution] will not include funds for the health care law, do you think Senate Democrats will shut down the government to force Republicans to fund the health care law?”  Read more........  Article contributed by Steve Peters.

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