Breathe Deep The Gathering Gloom On The Dark Side of The Moon
We are so-o-o-o gonna love ObamaCare!
In addition to other "routine" medical and preventative tests that have been scaled back, or even done away with, an expert government panel is now advising against those treadmill cardio-stress tests.
On Monday an expert government panel, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, joined the call by recommending against routine testing with electrocardiograms, or EKGs, in people who have no known risk factors or symptoms of heart disease, like shortness of breath or chest pains.
The recommendations, published online in Annals of Internal Medicine, made the test the latest addition to an expanding list of once routine screening tools that have fallen out of favor. Earlier this year, the task force advised against regular screening with the prostate specific antigen, or P.S.A., blood test, long considered the gold standard for early detection of prostate cancer. The panel has also come out against measures like annual Pap smears for many women and regular mammograms for women in their 40s.
For people at higher risk of heart disease, the panel found there was “insufficient evidence” to determine the benefits and harms of screening with the EKG test — either at rest or during exercise — and advised that it be considered case by case basis. In those instances, said Dr. Michael L. LeFevre, a vice chairman of the task force and a professor of family and community medicine at the University of Missouri, patients should discuss with their doctors their medical histories and circumstances — including age, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and lifestyle — to determine whether an EKG test might make sense.
Riiiiight. And then the doctor and patient will have to petition the ObamaCare panel for permission to have the test done.
For the record a side note here ... I have known several women who have had female related cancers mentioned in the tests above. And they were either in their 30s or 40s (mostly 40s). Some dying from their cancer in the end ... mostly because they were not 'screened' early enough for cancer treatment to halt or manage the disease.
Meanwhile, states have begun the rationing of drugs for Medicaid patients...
Sixteen states have set a limit on the number of prescription drugs they will cover for Medicaid patients, according to Kaiser Health News.
Seven of those states, according to Kaiser Health News, have enacted or tightened those limits in just the last two years.
Medicaid is a federal program that is carried out in partnership with state governments. It forms an important element of President Barack Obama's health-care plan because under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act--AKA Obamcare--a larger number of people will be covered by Medicaid, as the income cap is raised for the program.
With both the expanded Medicaid program and the federal subsidy for health-care premiums that will be available to people earning up to 400 percent of the poverty level, a larger percentage of the population will be wholly or partially dependent on the government for their health care under Obamacare than are now.
See, some of us gotta die, in addition to not being born, in order to "decrease the surplus population" so ObamaCare doesn't go broke.
Yeah ... at some point Obama's "pain pill" cure-all will be done away with as well and y`all can just curl-up in a corner and STFU and die, quietly, or be slapped with a noise tax. Or maybe the government will build some lovely complexes for folks to wander into and lie on a table as they're given a kill-pill while watching videos of running deer, prancing ponies, and fields of lush wild flowers blowing in a cool sunny breeze with classical music filling the air. Or maybe some Moody Blues?
I sure could go for some crackers...
We were right on:
Oh, one more thing ... Yes, Virginia, we really did land on the Moon.
"Cold hearted orb that rules the night. Removes the colours from our sight... Red is gray and yellow white. But we decide which is right ... and which is an illusion"